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.