Cornerback Ed Reed is still trying to find a team to play with to put the finishing touches on his impressive career. Once considered to be one of the best at his position in the entire NFL, you can’t stop to realize that time and injuries have caught up to him. While some think he might retire if he can’t find a new team by the end of the summer, a few think maybe the New York Jets should come to a realization that he should be brought back on a short-team deal as insurance. When he was originally brought in by the Jets, his veteran presence and on the field leadership was an invaluable quality to have. Should the Jets consider a reunion with Reed?
The Jets have made some bold decisions during the offseason, as well as with the 2014 NFL Draft. The message is as clear as day, as the Jets want an infusion of youth and raw talent in its defensive secondary. The Jets’ defensive secondary will be a huge question mark once the season unfolds since it’s mostly rookies and sophomore players that are hoping to find their stride. There is one veteran in the mix, cornerback Dimitri Patterson, but there is no guarantee he will play well or stay healthy. Dee Milliner is hoping to emerge as a defensive superstar for the Jets, picking up where he left off last season. All in all, the Jets are confident these main pieces in its secondary will get the job done.
While Reed helped mold Milliner last season, it would be a complete waste to bring him in since the Jets have plenty of depth at cornerback. Sure, he might be great to develop athletes like Calvin Pryor, Dexter McDougle or Antonio Allen, but the truth of the matter is, Reed was a non-factor last season on the field. For all he did in development, he was pretty lackluster when he was in the lineup.
General manager John Idzik doesn’t like to waste money on athletes who can’t contribute to the team. Reed is past his prime and while his teaching skills are impeccable, a reunion with Reed shouldn’t even cross the mind of the Jets since they are moving in a much better direction. One that will provide much success on defense once all the pieces fall in the right spots.
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