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Brooks Reed | Linebacker

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/28/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 254
College: Arizona
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Falcons signed LB Brooks Reed, formerly of the Texans, to a five-year, $22 million contract.
Reed can play both inside and outside linebacker and should be a movable chess piece for new coach Dan Quinn. He's best against the run, as his pass-rush skills really never developed in Houston after being the No. 42 overall pick in the 2011 draft. He has just 14.5 career sacks, but the Falcons are starved for help. Mar 10 - 4:15 PM

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According to ESPN's Vaughn McClure, free agent Brooks Reed's decision will come down to money.

Reed to Atlanta was thought to be a done deal, but McClure says that isn't the case. He's also drawing interest from the Vikings and a handful of other teams. The Falcons are certainly in the market for a linebacker, but whether that linebacker is Reed, Brian Orakpo or someone else remains to be seen. Five linebackers have already agreed to new contracts, making Reed the eighth-best linebacker available in our free agent rankings.
Mar 10 - 8:42 AM

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the Vikings have "inquired about" free agent LB Brooks Reed.

Reed has been heavily connected to the Falcons, but perhaps his agent is trying to drum up other interest in hopes of driving up his price. He'd be an inside linebacker for the Vikings' 4-3 defense.
Mar 9 - 5:44 PM

Yahoo's Rand Getlin reports free agent LB Brooks Reed is "leaning toward" signing with the Falcons.

Atlanta needs pass rushers and Reed isn't much of a pass rusher, so this would be an uninspiring signing for the Falcons. Reed is best suited to set the edge and play inside linebacker. He's drawn no known interest elsewhere.
Mar 9 - 12:36 PM

ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports the Falcons have expressed interest in free agent OLB Brooks Reed.

The Falcons are desperate for pass rushers, but Reed should be more of a fallback option with just 14.5 sacks over four seasons. He would improve Atlanta's run defense, which ranked in the bottom half of the league last year. Reed has reportedly drawn interest from at least four teams.
Mar 7 - 8:40 PM

The player rep for free agent OLB Brooks Reed does not expect his client to re-sign with the Texans.

Despite Clay Matthews comparisons coming out of college in 2011, Reed offers very little pass-rush ability and would better fit a team at inside linebacker. Reed is No. 13 in Rotoworld's rankings of the free agent edge defenders.
Mar 6 - 2:38 PM

The Texans have yet to open contract talks with free agent OLB Brooks Reed.

Reed, 27, is expected to test the open market. He's managed just 14.5 sacks over four seasons, but has consistently graded out positively against the run. Reed is Rotoworld's No. 13 free-agent edge defender.
Feb 21 - 6:43 PM

The Texans have moved Brooks Reed to inside linebacker, as expected.

One of new coach Bill O'Brien's mottos is "the more you can do." Reed could be a Tedy Bruschi-like player under ex-Patriots DC Romeo Crennel, with flexibility to play either inside or outside. In base packages, expect Reed to line up next to Brian Cushing, with Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus on the edges. In Houston's "sub" defenses, Reed will give Houston a lot of pass-rush options.
Wed, Jul 2, 2014 10:07:00 PM

The Texans have again talked to OLB Brooks Reed about moving to inside linebacker.

Houston has been giving Reed training camp reps inside for the past few years. After the selection of Jadeveon Clowney No. 1 overall, now is likely the time Reed actually makes the transition. The Texans have a gaping hole next to ILB Brian Cushing. Clowney and Whitney Mercilus will man the outside spots. Reed has proven to be an adequate run defender throughout his career.
Mon, May 12, 2014 06:49:00 PM

The Texans are giving Brooks Reed reps at inside linebacker at OTAs.

An outside linebacker his first two NFL seasons and a defensive end at Arizona, Reed is getting a look at the opening next to Brian Cushing. The Texans could pull this off if and only if one of rookies Sam Montgomery and Trevardo Williams emerges as a starter on the outside. We wouldn't bet on that happening in 2013.
Mon, May 20, 2013 02:38:00 PM

Texans OLB Brooks Reed reported to OTAs at 100 percent following offseason surgery on his groin.

Reed had the surgery in late January after a groin injury cost him four games last season. Although there have been rumors of Reed moving to inside linebacker this year, he's more likely to open the season playing outside across from Whitney Mercilus unless rookies Sam Montgomery or Trevardo Williams come along much faster than expected. Reed will be a 2013 candidate for 6-9 sacks.
Source: CSN Houston
Sun, May 19, 2013 05:53:00 PM

Texans OLB Brooks Reed underwent an unknown offseason surgery.

Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips revealed the procedure during a radio appearance. He didn't go into detail, but Reed did miss four games last November and December due to a groin injury. Phillips suggested that Reed will be fine for the OTAs that begin on Monday, thus hinting at a minor scope.
Wed, May 15, 2013 09:29:00 AM

Brooks Reed is expected to stick at outside linebacker this season.

If the Texans had retained Connor Barwin, Reed would have kicked inside next to Brian Cushing. Now that Barwin is an Eagle, Reed is needed in a pass-rushing and edge-setting role. He's posted just 8.5 sacks through his first two NFL seasons, but has been a quality defender against the run.
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 09:23:00 PM

Coach Gary Kubiak mentioned OLB Brooks Reed as a candidate to fill the Texans' need at inside linebacker next to Brian Cushing.

Inside linebacker was a major liability on Houston's defense last season after Cushing tore his ACL. Bradie James and Barrett Ruud won't be back. "He’s very capable of being a stack player, playing inside in a 3-4," Kubiak said of Reed. "That could happen." Reed played a handful of snaps inside in 2012.
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 04:01:00 PM

Texans OLB Brooks Reed (groin) is active and will start on Saturday versus the Bengals.

Reed played in just one of the team's final five games after initially suffering the groin injury on Thanksgiving versus the Lions. He'll slot back in opposite Connor Barwin as the team's pass-rushing specialists. Rookie Whitney Mercilus will also rotate in.
Sat, Jan 5, 2013 03:17:00 PM