Ed Reed was released soon after telling the media that the Texans were “outplayed and outcoached” last Sunday against the Cardinals. Some are saying the 35 year old Reed is done because of his decline in production this season (only 14 tackles). However, I still think there are many potential teams that could use the nine time pro bowler in their secondary for the second half push. So I did some digging and found some teams that might benefit from signing Ed Reed.
Bears: Having a veteran like Ed Reed could fill the leadership that is now missing in the secondary, with Charles Tillman down for the season. Also, free safety Chris Conte is only an average player, so it might benefit the Bears having two free safeties at their disposal. Chicago still has a heartbeat in the NFC playoff race; conversely, with injuries piling up you have to wonder how long until they flatline. To steady the course, it might help having Ed Reed, especially with the pass defense ranked 23rd in the league.
Bengals: I know they’re ranked seventh against the pass, but they still have given up 13 touchdowns. Think about the Bengals have the money to get this deal done (over 20 million in cap space) and this would also give Reed another shot at beating the Ravens.
I don’t see Reed starting if he plays for the Bengals, although if he starts playing well, I know Mike Zimmer will use him plenty. Nobody that I have seen has made this assumption but I see that this might be the best fit. Nevertheless, Reed has to realize he is more useful as a reserve at this point in his career.
Jets: The Jets are a long shot, for one they are playing tough and rugged just the way Rex Ryan wants them to, while also being short on monopoly money (2.2 million salary cap space) to make the deal work. However, the Jets secondary has surrendered 17 passing touchdowns and could use a reliable back-up safety.
If being the back-up in Houston started the process in his release then this might also nix this deal from being a reality. The only thing making me think this would happen is because Reed and Ryan have history from their Ravens days.
Broncos: The Broncos have one weakness and that’s the secondary that has allowed 16 touchdowns this season. Reed would fit in perfectly as a reserve on this team, although we don’t know if he would be willing to accept that role.
Furthermore, the Broncos already have a declining player in Champ Bailey and probably wouldn’t be too keen on bringing in another. Still in my opinion, because of his football I.Q alone, veteran Reed would be a great asset to have despite his decline in production.
Lions: The Lions are another team that wouldn’t mind some secondary (ranked 27th) help but are low on funds (1.9 million salary cap space). Once again, this would hinge on if Reed would take a back-up role as the Lions would probably have him share time with Glover Quin and Louis Delmas. The Lions are in the driver’s seat in the NFC North with a 6-3 record, which might interest the future Hall of Famer.
Cowboys: Dallas is ranked dead last against the pass and needs all the help they can get, as they are now neck in neck with the Eagles for first in the NFC East. Barry Church hasn’t played any better (20 tackles) than Reed at free safety this season. Also, rookie strong safety J.J. Wilcox is out with a knee injury and might miss more time than expected.
Money is always tight in the Big D (1.5 million salary cap space) and that might be an issue that could prevent this from happening. Still, Jerry Jones likes making bold moves and is getting frustrated about how the defense is playing. So you know, Jerry’s at least thinking about it.