Reed sad about leaving Ravens, but valued in Houston

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Like so many Ravens free agents, Ed Reed found out this offseason that business trumps everything.

But as he was introduced at a press conference in Houston Friday, he called leaving Baltimore difficult for him at a personal level.

It was probably the hardest thing ever in life, but it’s not so much leaving,” Reed said, via Robert Klemko of USA Today. “I’m going to be a part of the community. It was hard, but like I said, football is just a small chapter in our lives.

“Eventually, we knew Baltimore had to make decisions and they made those decisions.”

The Texans are happy to welcome him aboard, as they think the former NFL defensive player of the year can push them up a level come playoff time.

“As we get to the playoffs we have to have mental toughness, and in order to do that we have to have veteran leadership,” Texans owner Bob McNair said. “To have the opportunity to ring in somebody like Ed Reed, who has tremendous veteran leadership, and then to bring in a tremendous ball-hawk, which is something we have not had, Ed Reed does that. We play the best quarterbacks, and we have to be prepared to defend it. . . .

“It was quite clear that Baltimore was able to play the Patriots and be very effective, and I think their center fielder had a lot to do with that. Their quarterback, Tom Brady, has said the first thing he does every play is look for Number 20. It’s a tremendous asset.”

Reed might not be the same player he was a few years ago, and the Ravens likely did the prudent thing by not getting into a bidding war for an aging safety.

But the Texans clearly think he’s the piece that will push a good defense to great, an answer we won’t know until next January.

21 responses to “Reed sad about leaving Ravens, but valued in Houston

  1. I always had a hard time seeing Rice or Montana in another uniform and Ravens will feel the same about their future HOF’er.

    On a different note, I want a “center fielder” type free safety for the 9ers and I hope they can draft one. They all seem to be more like Goldson and into delivering big blows, but a true cover guy is what the 9ers really need. It is indeed a tremendous asset and I can understand why they didn’t go after Reed, but they better draft one.

  2. Well miss your leadership Reed. Probably wont miss your poor tackling as of late though. Looking forward to when you retire a Raven.

  3. I have to believe with all the losses suffered by the Ravens that the SB Champs will not make the playoffs next season.

  4. Ed Reed cannot be the only mentally tough player on the roster. The Texans should sign Richard Seymour also to add more mental toughness and Super Bowl veteran experience.

  5. “It was probably the hardest thing ever in life.” Really?!

    A little melodramatic don’t you think. You know Ray’s not there watching you anymore, right?

  6. Gonna miss your leadsership on the team Ed but business is business. I’m sure the Texans fans will appreciate your talents…. hearing REEEEEEEEED in Reliant won’t be the same.

  7. far from a sinking ship. ravens valued ed…texans valued him more. ravens are getting younger and faster. 12 draft picks on the way and lots of veteran free agents looking for work. sorry if your team’s front office isnt as smart as ozzie and company. thanks for everything ed. you will be missed. go ravens!

  8. “It was quite clear that Baltimore was able to play the Patriots and be very effective, and I think their center fielder had a lot to do with that. Their quarterback, Tom Brady, has said the first thing he does every play is look for Number 20. It’s a tremendous asset.”

    Its entirely true that Reed was one of the few defensive backs who has had consistent success against Brady. Can’t say I’m not glad to see him go to a weaker Texans team and get the hell out of Baltimore.

    That single change alone increases the Pats chances against the Ravens significantly.

  9. So when his brother died, that wasn’t the hardest thing ever in life? And then in the same paragraph he says football is just a small part of life……freaking genius!

  10. @ scooter05 My team has 3 super bowl championships!!!!! That’s one more than that SINKING SHIP that you rout for. Wow 12 draft picks dose not mean a thing half of those picks wont make the team you jack I am shaking. I hope you DVD your season cause that SINKING SHIP won’t win again in your life time.

  11. easy there larry….you dont need to type in caps. yes the skins have 3 titles and a great history. but since snyder took ove not so much. so go back and watch your vhs tapes of the last time the skins won the super bowl while the ravens look for their 6th straight playoff run and hopefully superbowl number 3. go ravens

  12. We play the best quarterbacks, and we have to be prepared to defend it. . . .

    Best quarterbacks? In the AFC South? Wow, thanks for the laugh…

  13. Hey cfeely I believe the owner was skipping his division and the rest of the regular season and ever not so suddley talking about the playoffs and the elite QBs of the AFC. But still made me chuckle too! Blaine Gabbert haha he may be worse than David Klinger. It’s good to watch bad quarterbacks makes you that much more grateful for the guy under center on your team because he’s the worst!

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