One of the big news stories coming out of the NFL today is that the Houston Texans have released safety Ed Reed. Reed signed with the team in the offseason after spending 11 seasons prior with the Baltimore Ravens where he excelled and became one of the league’s best safeties for many seasons.
The plan for the Texans was to have Reed come in and finish his career with the team. Reed signed a three-year, $15 million contract in March and was expected to be the dominating, intimidating factor that he was in Baltimore. However, the marriage didn’t last long as Reed had an injury that kept him out for the first few games and recently he hasn’t been the same. All of these things forced the Texans’ hand and they have decided to part ways with Reed.
Now that he is available, Reed’s market may be smaller than expected. Now that he has had several nagging injuries and has looked a step slower all season long, many teams will hesitate to give him a look. But if I were Green Bay Packers GM Ted Thompson I would jump on the opportunity right away.
The Packers have struggled all season long in the secondary and have not had a physical presence at safety since Nick Collins was injured. To say they are in desperate need of a safety is an understatement.
The one problem for the Packers’ safeties this season has been making a play on the football when it is in the air. On several occasions this year, balls have been thrown up for grabs and Packers’ safeties are either beaten or end up colliding while the receiver high steps his way to the end zone. It has happened on more than one occasion this year, and this past week against the Philadelphia Eagles, DeSean Jackson scored a TD that pretty much sealed the deal for me that the secondary needs improvements and needs a leader. This is where Reed can come into play.
Signing Reed will be a very high risk, high reward for the Packers. He does have injury issues and he is getting older. However, he has always been a ball hawk on defense, and I believe bringing him into a team that has a chance to make a run at a Super Bowl will elevate his game.
Realistically, I don’t expect Thompson to give Reed a look, but with how terrible the secondary has been this season for the Packers, what do they have to lose?