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Ed Reed | Defensive Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (36) / 9/11/1978
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 205
College: Miami (FL)
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Free agent S Ed Reed has joined the cast of Showtime's Inside The NFL.
The press release referred to Reed as a "former" NFL safety, though Reed has never formally announced his retirement. He's likely still open to playing, but the calls simply haven't come. Reed is a future Hall-of-Famer, but appeared to have nothing left for the Texans and Jets last season. Always a unique player, Reed should be an interesting voice on Inside The NFL. Aug 14 - 1:16 PM

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ESPN New York reports the Jets have no interest in signing free agent Ed Reed.

Reed told reporters earlier this month he hopes to continue playing, but hasn't received any free-agent interest. His best chance at getting signed could come after Week 1, when base salaries aren't guaranteed. Calvin Pryor, Antonio Allen, and Dawan Landry are entrenched as the Jets' top three safeties. Beat writer Rich Cimini thinks Reed would only be an option if the Jets suffer injuries.
Jun 28 - 7:39 PM

Free agent Ed Reed, 35, told reporters at Ravens CB Lardarius Webb's annual softball event Sunday that he hopes to continue playing football.

It's our first Reed update since mid-February, an indication of how nonexistent NFL interest in him has been. Reed says he's "taking my time," but "still preparing to play," although he doesn't want to participate in training camp. It's possible a safety-needy team would give Reed a look after Week 1, when base salaries are no longer guaranteed. The bottom fell out on Reed's career in 2012. The Texans signed him last offseason to a three-year, $15 million contract on owner Bob McNair's mandate, but released Reed in November. He latched on with the Jets but was ineffective in seven appearances with New York.
Jun 1 - 5:37 PM

ESPN New York doesn't believe free agent S Ed Reed figures into the Jets' immediate plans.

The Jets have four safeties under contract, including starters Antonio Allen and Dawan Landry. Beat writer Rich Cimini thinks Reed would simply be a fallback option should the Jets suffer any in-season injuries. Reed has lost many steps and was a weekly burn victim in coverage last season. He's our No. 29 free-agent safety.
Feb 14 - 11:50 AM

Impending free agent Ed Reed said he wants to play one more season.

Reed added that he'd especially like to play for the Jets, which is no surprise considering old pal Rex Ryan might be the only one willing to give him a job. Reed, who has lost a step or four, was dumped by the Ravens and Texans in the last year before latching on with the Jets and settling in as a sub package player behind Antonio Allen. The future Hall of Famer will turn 36 years old in September.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 01:32:00 PM

Ed Reed only played in sub packages during Sunday's Week 16 win over the Browns.

Finally, coach Rex Ryan didn't let his infatuation with Reed overtake what's best for his team. Antonio Allen started and Reed exclusively played on passing downs, leading to 30-of-65 snaps. It's too little too late as the washed up future Hall of Famer had played on 85 percent of the snaps in the previous five games, but at least Rex had the guts to make the switch.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 08:22:00 AM

Ed Reed says he'd like to play two more years beyond 2013.

As ESPN's Jamison Hensley points out, that's amusing, as Reed was constantly "contemplating retirement" when he was in his prime. Reed's play has sunk to depressing depths this season, so there's no guarantee he'll find a taker for 2014. The way he handled his hip injury and time in Houston won't help.
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 03:36:00 PM

Coach Rex Ryan said Ed Reed will continue to start for the Jets.

Reed has played virtually every snap at free safety for the Jets since signing three weeks ago. During that span, E.J. Manuel, Joe Flacco and Ryan Tannehill have combined to go 65-of-97 (67.0 percent) for 849 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. The Jets have lost all three games. "I think Ed gives us the best shot," the ever-loyal Ryan said.
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 09:41:00 AM

Coach Rex Ryan insisted that the 66-yard touchdown bomb from Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones Sunday was not Ed Reed's fault.

The Jets are getting absolutely torched over the top on a weekly basis, and bringing in a 35-year-old Reed that can no longer run predictably isn't helping -- no matter what Rex says. Since Reed signed two weeks ago, E.J. Manuel and Joe Flacco have combined to go 37-of-54 (68.5 percent) for 518 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Mike Wallace is going to be open all day long in Week 13.
Source: Newsday
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 10:31:00 AM

Making his Jets debut Sunday, Ed Reed played on 61-of-69 defensive snaps.

The Jets secondary was shredded by E.J. Manuel, who went 20-of-28 for 245 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. It wasn't all Reed's fault of course, but his presence certainly didn't help the secondary. The Ravens and Texans gave up on the future Hall of Famer because he can't run anymore and Sunday's debut won't do anything to squash that notion. Former starter Antonio Allen played just four snaps.
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 09:20:00 AM

The Jets announced ahead of Sunday's game at Buffalo that Ed Reed will start at free safety.

They've already demoted Antonio Allen and kicked Dawan Landry over to his more natural strong safety position. Facing a Bills offense quarterbacked by E.J. Manuel and without both of its starting wide receivers, Reed isn't a bad bet for an interception in Week 11.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 11:41:00 AM

New Jets S Ed Reed will be active for Sunday's game against the Bills, but will come off the bench.

It's quite possible Reed will remain No. 3 on the depth chart going forward, but he could push Antonio Allen if he improves on his poor play from Houston. That might not be possible for a player in steep decline, however. Reed's main contributions to the Jets are likely to be his leadership and intangibles. He's a shell of his former self on the field.
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 02:42:00 PM

Jets agreed to terms with S Ed Reed.

Rex Ryan was the Ravens defensive coordinator from 2005-08 and hasn't been shy about lavishing Reed with praise ever since he left. However, Rex isn't getting the guy he knows from their Baltimore days. Reed is 35 years old, coming off hip surgery and was demoted to third string in Houston despite $6 million guaranteed in his contract. Still, the Jets are getting one of the game's premier leaders and a future Hall of Famer for pennies. Reed, who is expected to play against Buffalo this week, should at least be able to bolster the secondary by rotating with struggling Antonio Allen and allowing Dawan Landry to play some strong safety. It's a low-risk move for the 5-4 Jets.
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 11:23:00 AM

ESPN New York's Rich Cimini reports the Jets are "indeed" showing interest in free agent FS Ed Reed.

The connection is obvious because Reed played under Rex Ryan for so many years in Baltimore, when Rex was the Ravens' defensive coordinator. The two are known to have a mutual admiration. Rumors earlier in the day had Jets GM John Idzik averse to a Rex-Reed reunion, but perhaps Idzik has softened his stance. FS Dawan Landry has played well this year, but is best suited to play strong safety and SS Antonio Allen has struggled, particularly in coverage. Signing Reed to play center field could allow the Jets to kick Landry back to his natural strong safety position.
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 09:01:00 PM

Ed Reed went unclaimed on waivers and is now a free agent.

As expected. Any claiming team would've been on the hook for $412,000, plus $62,500 for each game Reed was active. Coach Rex Ryan expressed some interest in bringing Reed to the Jets. He discussed the matter with GM John Idzik. Jets beat writers got the sense Ryan was in, while Idzik wasn't on board.
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 04:19:00 PM

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