An interesting move was made today when Ed Reed was placed on waivers by Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith. Reed is subject to be claimed by any GM until tomorrow, which is when he could sign on to a team for the veteran’s minimum. One man that should not be calling Reed at all is Bill Belichick.
Reed was on the decline before he signed on with the Texans. The most that he could have offered a team was veteran leadership and hopefully passable play, but he has done neither for what has become a 2-7 team.
First and foremost, it’s Reed’s play that has significantly dropped his stock. After he signed with the Texans it was revealed that Reed required surgery on his bad hip. That was not a good start for a player that was almost 35 years old at the time. The surgery caused Reed to miss the first two games of this regular season.
A bum hip has clearly affected Reed’s play. He had been demoted to third-string safety and only played 12 snaps last Sunday. It was clear that his time was running out.
As for the ‘leadership abilities’, Reed has failed to show any of those either. He said that his teammates were “outplayed” and that his coaches were “out-coached” in last Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
Now you can see why Smith did not think Reed was worth hanging on to. Reed is old, banged up and is clearly not the leader that everybody has painted him to be. Belichick and his men don’t need a player like that in the locker room, even if Reed was once a big name.
Philip Alexander is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @steely0906, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.