The news that the Houston Texans released safety Ed Reed, who just so happened to be the organization’s big catch in the offseason, has been met with the speculation that several contenders in the NFL will bite. On the outside looking in, the Green Bay Packers are a team that would seem to be a good fit for Reed, especially with their recent defensive woes. With that being said, the Packers must stay as far away from Reed as possible.
Houston decided to let Reed go after he made comments about how the Texans have been outcoached this season. There is certainly some truth to the statement, but nonetheless, it was something he probably should have kept internal. What’s done is done, and now it’s time for Reed to find a new home.
In theory, there are several reasons why Reed would be a good fit for Green Bay. A veteran presence is clearly needed in the secondary as the Packers have struggled mightily against the pass this season. Not to mention, they have only recorded three interceptions all year, which is an area of expertise for the veteran.
Safeties Morgan Burnett and M.D. Jennings have not exactly put forth solid performances this season. The two players have just three passes defended and one fumble recovery between the two of them.
In that respect, Reed would be a welcomed addition, right?
Burnett and Jennings have each recorded 38 tackles this season, whereas Reed has tallied just 14 solo and two assisted tackles. Even more shocking is that Reed doesn’t have any interceptions, forced fumbles, fumble recoveries or passes defended to his name this season. His stat sheet is just a bunch of zeroes following the 16 total tackles.
As much as I want to believe Reed would make a difference on a sinking ship, I feel that his addition would actually hurt the Packers. Even though Burnett, Jennings and the rest of the defense could definitely play better, it might be wiser for the coaching staff to let them play through their struggles. At this point, I’m not even sure the acquisition of Charles Woodson could fix the mess Green Bay’s defense is currently in.