Earlier today, the Houston Texans cut ties with All-Pro safety Ed Reed. Reed has played with the Baltimore Ravens for the majority of his career, but the Ravens did not see him in their plans after their Super Bowl victory. Reed then signed with the Texans in hopes of bolstering an already potent defense anchored by J.J. Watt and Brian Cushing. Little did he know expectations would fall short along with his own natural ability.
Now that Reed will be a free agent, barring an unforeseen waiver wire transaction, where should the safety land?
Reed is no longer the player he once was. He was not healthy going into the 2013 season, and he hasn’t stayed healthy after making it back. He has been demoted and pushed aside, but Reed is one of those players that could still make a veteran impact on some team. One destination standing out above the rest is with the New England Patriots.
Reed is one of those crafty veterans Bill Belichick adores. Prior to the season, the Patriots signed long time Arizona Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson. He couldn’t stay healthy, so New England shoved him on injured reserve with hopes of a 2014 return. If signed Reed could play the role Belichick envisioned Wilson having this season.
If New England did sign the Pro Bowl safety it wouldn’t be for much — just the veteran minimum I would guess. He probably wouldn’t draw a single start either, and he would get limited playing time, if any. The Patriots would probably save him for the playoffs with hopes of him being the key difference in another Super Bowl run.
If all else fails, Reed would provide a veteran presence the Patriots have been missing in their locker room because of injuries to their star defenders. This is all speculative guessing on my behalf, but Reed in a New England uniform would sure be some sight to see.