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NFL Rumors: Top 5 Landing Spots for Ed Reed

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NFL Rumors: Top 5 Landing Spots For Ed Reed

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Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

After the Houston Texans' loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, veteran safety Ed Reed was a bit too frustrated, to say the least. In a post game interview, Reed was quoted telling the media just why he thought his Texans dropped to Arizona.

Reed went on to say that the Texans were "outplayed and out-coached" by Arizona. These comments were made by Reed just a few days after he was taken out of the starting lineup in favor of Shiloh Keo.

It seems as though Reed has talked his way out of Houston. As NFL.com's Ian Rapoport confirmed, the Texans are releasing Reed after just playing in seven games and earning a guaranteed contract of $6 million.

Maybe this was the plan all along for Reed, who was clearly unhappy with the way Houston's season was going. He surely didn't think he would be in this position over the summer after signing with the Texans, who boasted one of the league's best defenses in 2012.

Now, the question is, just where will Reed sign -- if anywhere at all?

I can assure you, he has lost a step. But, a veteran such as himself can definitely offer something to a contender out there looking for help at safety. Reed's savvy mind for the game will contribute at least when it comes to leadership and implementing scheme with the younger guys on a team.

With all of the injuries this season, there are more than likely a few teams who will reach out to Reed's camp and decide to give him a shot. But, it might wind up being on Reed's shoulders where he goes if there are multiple suitors.

Where would he fit best? Where should he avoid signing? Can he get lucky and find himself on a potential Super Bowl roster in two straight years?

That's what we're about to find out. With all of that said, here are the top five landing spots for Reed at the moment.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman or add him to your network on Google.

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5. Dallas Cowboys

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The Dallas Cowboys would be an obvious landing spot for any notable defensive free agent, as they are currently dead last in the league in pass defense and allowed a miserable 625 total yards to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night -- also a franchise record. The Cowboys are already working out Michael Huff, but would Reed be a better fit overall?

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4. Green Bay Packers

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Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers are also an intriguing option for Reed. As the team prepares to survive without Aaron Rodgers for a few weeks, the defense will need to step up to another level -- something they haven't been able to do all season. The Packers rank 21st in pass defense at the moment, and that number could go up if their offense can't put lengthy drives together, forcing the opposition's offense on the field more than not. They are clearly still suffering from a lack of leadership in the secondary since losing Charles Woodson, and Reed could be a good fit.

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3. New England Patriots

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The New England Patriots would be a great fit for Reed, specifically because of a recent injury to safety Steve Gregory. Prior to injury, Gregory was the voice of the defense for the past couple of games after Jerod Mayo was injured. The Patriots need someone to step in and make the play calls; someone who is savvy enough to know the scheme and get people where they're supposed to be. Could that be Reed? I'm sure Bill Belichick wouldn't surprise anyone by going after another veteran during a controversial time in their life.

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2. San Francisco 49ers

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Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

This would be an interesting scenario. Because of how well the San Francisco 49ers' front seven plays, the secondary hasn't had to be the hero of many games this year. However, with an injury to safety Eric Reid this past week, the 49ers could be in the market for another safety. Reid was evaluated for what would be his second concussion of the season already. Reed would come in with very little pressure to be "the man," and might end up thriving with a true contender in San Francisco.

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1. Chicago Bears

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Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Out of all the teams needing their defense to step up this year, the Chicago Bears have been one of the headliners. Normally a solid, tough and ball-hawking group, the Bears' defense has been downright horrid this season. If it wasn't for their 12 interceptions and eight fumble recoveries, the Bears probably would have a couple less wins. Chris Conte and Major Wright have been just plain bad this year when it comes to angles in both the passing game and on their tackling. Neither have warranted keeping a starting job going into next season. Most importantly, with Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman out and Brian Urlacher no longer there, the Bears need a vocal leader -- Reed could be just that.