For the last day or so, much has been made of the release of former Houston Texans safety and future Hall-Of-Famer Ed Reed. Naturally, now that he is a free agent, the buzz around New England is whether the New England Patriots should take a chance on him. While some people think that he is useless at this point in his career, I am not one of those individuals. I am highly in favor of the team signing him and here is why.
First of all, Reed is a veteran who has been around the block and then some in his career. He could certainly be a big help to young safeties like Duron Harmon, Nate Ebner and Tavon Wilson, teaching them a thing or two about playing at an elite level at the safety position.
His presence in the locker room would not be a distraction either as has been suggested. His outspoken nature this year in Houston can be attributed to the underachieving nature of the team this year, not Reed’s selfishness or attitude. Even if he were to act up on the Patriots, the team could simply cut him, losing nothing in the process.
Another factor you could look at for bringing him in would be the recent injury to Steven Gregory. As it stands right now, Gregory is slated to miss a few weeks with a broken thumb, leaving the Patriots with a hole at Safety. While Harmon could be something special down the road, he probably needs more time to develop. Who better to buy some time for Gregory to get healthy than arguably the best Safety to ever play the game?
Perhaps the biggest reason to bring him in would be because the Patriots adore him. For years, Patriots’ fans have heard how both Bill Belichick and Tom Brady hold Reed in high regard and that they have to be aware of where he is on the field on every play. Instead of having his smarts and instincts going against them, the team would much rather have him join their side.
The Patriots should be able to get more out of him than the Texans did and he could be the missing piece that the team needs defensively for a Super Bowl run. At the very least, he would provide a stable replacement at safety until Gregory returns. The best-case scenario would be that he becomes an enforcer at safety that the team has lacked since they lost Rodney Harrison to retirement.
If the Patriots truly meant what they have said about Reed in the past, then there is no logical reason why they should not bring him in at least to see what he has left in the tank.