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Ed Reed clears waivers

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The Texans didn’t want Ed Reed, and neither did any other NFL team.

Reed, the veteran safety and former NFL Defensive Player of the Years, went unclaimed on waivers today, one day after the Texans released him, via Adam Schefter of ESPN. That makes him an unrestricted free agent.

What remains to be seen is whether any team will consider Reed down the stretch. The Ravens, for instance, apparently don’t want him now, but if they suffered an injury or two at safety they might follow in the footsteps of the Packers, who initially decided not to claim Matt Flynn when he was placed on waivers by the Bills, but a week later signed Flynn after losing Seneca Wallace.

But while that scenario is possible, it doesn’t seem probable: Reed didn’t play well this year, and he’s 35 years old. It may turn out that Houston was his last stop. If so, at least he took in $5 million on his way to retirement.

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49 Responses to “Ed Reed clears waivers”
  1. patriotinvasion says: Nov 13, 2013 4:22 PM

    I’d take him on the Pats just for 15 plays a game and his leadership on the sidelines and in the locker room.

  2. misterdreamer119 says: Nov 13, 2013 4:23 PM

    Golden parachute from the Texans.

  3. crik911 says: Nov 13, 2013 4:25 PM

    I wonder if the Texan’s will appeal his salary, based on Raven’s not properly disclosing his (or at least the severity of) injury.

    People ask why wouldn’t he go out a champion? Well I’ll give you $5 million reasons why, especially with the low state taxes in Texas.

  4. saintsfan1111 says: Nov 13, 2013 4:25 PM

    Time to call it a career Ed, and wait for your gold jacket.

  5. cursedvikings1998 says: Nov 13, 2013 4:25 PM

    What a sad fall at the end of his career. He could have gone out a champion.

    Ah well. He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer without question.

  6. bigdawg24 says: Nov 13, 2013 4:26 PM

    Chiefs need to sign him to take out Manning.

    Reed’s the kind of guy to finish the job on that gimpy ole man!

  7. stoytashaan says: Nov 13, 2013 4:26 PM

    O-Line in Miami?

  8. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 13, 2013 4:27 PM

    “Uh oh!”

    – Matt Elam

  9. carpalboss says: Nov 13, 2013 4:27 PM

    I’m pretty sure some team will take a flyer on him but they just didn’t want to pay the waiver price.

  10. dowhatifeellike says: Nov 13, 2013 4:29 PM

    crik911 says:
    Nov 13, 2013 4:25 PM
    I wonder if the Texan’s will appeal his salary, based on Raven’s not properly disclosing his (or at least the severity of) injury.

    —————

    Reed was a free agent. Baltimore didn’t have to disclose anything. The onus was on Houston to give him a proper physical before signing him.

    Reed is also well known for lying about the severity of his injuries. He’ll play until he falls apart… and he did.

  11. ampats says: Nov 13, 2013 4:31 PM

    Welcome to New England !

  12. southpaw2k says: Nov 13, 2013 4:31 PM

    I find it amazingly ironic that fans from teams all across the league are talking about how their team should sign Reed, but they loved to point out how he had become ineffective on the field during his last couple years in Baltimore.

    And yet the Ravens were still somehow stupid for letting him walk in the first place.

    So which is it, exactly?

  13. krusher33 says: Nov 13, 2013 4:33 PM

    $5M and still goes bankrupt in 3-5 years.

  14. war27 says: Nov 13, 2013 4:34 PM

    cursedvikings1998 says:
    Nov 13, 2013 4:25 PM
    What a sad fall at the end of his career. He could have gone out a champion.

    ——————–

    Yeah, instead he goes out a 5 million dollar richer man with a ring…

  15. kwjsb says: Nov 13, 2013 4:34 PM

    Browns should take him to mentor Ward

  16. tedmurph says: Nov 13, 2013 4:35 PM

    Reed was a free agent, Ravens have no reponsibility for injury disclosure. Houston evidently didn’t do their due diligence, although the contract allowed them to release him relatively painlessly. Five mil in dead money ain’t gonna kill them.

  17. evrybdyhas1 says: Nov 13, 2013 4:35 PM

    One of the all time greats scored every way possible from defense and special teams. Scoring $5 million for retirement probably his biggest score. Congrats to a legend.

  18. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 13, 2013 4:36 PM

    misterdreamer119 says: Nov 13, 2013 4:23 PM

    Golden parachute from the Texans.
    _______________________

    Massive….

    They broke it down to like $300k a tackle….

    Whoever gets him, be prepared fro him to wear Ravens gear in your locker room as he was reportedly doing in Houston.

  19. badmoonrison says: Nov 13, 2013 4:39 PM

    Reed would be crazy to sign with a dog team like the Chiefs. Unless they wanna pay him mad money. Chiefs will make the playoffs and be one and done. They have no heart….

  20. jsbrasha says: Nov 13, 2013 4:39 PM

    How could the Skins not want this guy?
    I know he’s a shell of his former self, but could he really be worse than Brandon “If I keep the attention on my headhunting they won’t notice I’m washed up” Meriweather or Reed “Four seconds behind every play” Doughty?

  21. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 13, 2013 4:41 PM

    cursedvikings1998 says:

    What a sad fall at the end of his career. He could have gone out a champion
    __________________

    Sad fall? Are you kidding me? Reed just got 5 million dollars for doing almost nothing. I guarantee you he’s not the least bit sad and that he really doesn’t care if some fans think this was a poor way to go out if it’s the end.

  22. ivanpavlov0000 says: Nov 13, 2013 4:42 PM

    carpalboss says: Nov 13, 2013 4:27 PM

    I’m pretty sure some team will take a flyer on him but they just didn’t want to pay the waiver price.
    ———————-

    I was thinking the exact same thing. I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t get some tryout offers. But if his asking price is too high, it might not even get to the tryout stage.

  23. nflofficeadmin says: Nov 13, 2013 4:43 PM

    Just ride till the wheels fall off Eddie. I ain’t mad at ya.

  24. dickjagger says: Nov 13, 2013 4:45 PM

    I wonder if the Texan’s will appeal his salary, based on Raven’s not properly disclosing his (or at least the severity of) injury.

    —————

    Reed was a free agent. Baltimore didn’t have to disclose anything. The onus was on Houston to give him a proper physical before signing him.

    Reed is also well known for lying about the severity of his injuries. He’ll play until he falls apart… and he did.
    ————
    Exactly! The Texans were stupid to give him all that money, especially when no other team even showed any interest. It’s sad that an average football watcher like myself could see that Reed was done but not a professional team with all their talent evaluating personnel? I have nothing against the Texans but they got even bigger problems than Ed Reed.

  25. telldatruth says: Nov 13, 2013 4:45 PM

    Washed up Ed Weed!!! lol Got to love it

  26. coachjohnharbaugh says: Nov 13, 2013 4:47 PM

    Ravens = 2 time world champions

    soon to be 3…

  27. barneyrumble says: Nov 13, 2013 4:47 PM

    Jim Irsay is working the deal right now and Ed Reed will be a Colt. Irsay wants to use him at WR and as a backup safety. Don’t know about that, but Irsay is meeting on bringing him in to the Horseshoe and reunited him with Chuck P. Irsay has already dropped two hints on The Twitter. 2nd bad signing of the year along with T Rich? We shall see.

  28. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 13, 2013 4:49 PM

    Dude was never the same after Hines decleated him.

  29. mackcarrington says: Nov 13, 2013 4:50 PM

    Don’t a lot of these guys always maintain that they will “play until someone tears my uniform off”‘? Well this is just a prime example of someone doing just that. Gotta give him some credit for that.

  30. ampats says: Nov 13, 2013 4:52 PM

    ivanpav0000,

    Players like Ed Reed do not try out for teams. He will pick where he wants to continue his career and will only take a physical before joining a team. I do believe he will play for the veteran
    minimum at this point in the season and only play for a team that has high potential of playing in the Super Bowl.

  31. rabidboy says: Nov 13, 2013 5:00 PM

    I agree there is a degree of due diligence involved and one would think that the Texans did a proper medical examination before signing him to $5 million.

    Yet, another NFL player signs a sweet deal but doesn’t finish the season due to under-performance (Reed, Flynn, Michael Huff, etc).

    Also, would an owner actually sign a contract that doesn’t build in some sort of performance clause that frees them from having to pay the full contract and take a hit to the cap.

    Again, the NFL moves in mysterious ways.

  32. azarkhan says: Nov 13, 2013 5:11 PM

    Unless he can play nose tackle or middle linebacker, the Patriots don’t need Ed Reed.

  33. zerole00 says: Nov 13, 2013 5:13 PM

    To the people saying “he could have went out a champion,” guess what? He still won a Super Bowl and he got what’s essentially a free 5 million. Are any of you saying you’d give up that much money?

  34. coachbeck says: Nov 13, 2013 5:27 PM

    He has trashed his last two coaches. What coach will want him lol

  35. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Nov 13, 2013 6:30 PM

    I hope he can hang on till troy p is retired it would be great to see those two go into the hall together.

  36. j0esixpack says: Nov 13, 2013 6:34 PM

    Good thing the Ravens were smart enough to let him walk – otherwise they would have been mediocre this season (even with the “best/highest paid” QB in the league)

    Oh, wait a second….

  37. ravenswhat says: Nov 13, 2013 6:42 PM

    Browns will give him 10 mill. You know it, and I know it.

  38. Deb says: Nov 13, 2013 6:56 PM

    Can’t imagine the Ravens bringing him back unless it was just to let him retire in the jersey. Got the impression he burned his bridge there. He was a great player to watch in his prime–when he wasn’t playing my team. But time and injuries have taken their toll. Someone might take a chance on him, but I’d be surprised if he could again be an impact player.

  39. dcapettini says: Nov 13, 2013 7:15 PM

    He can’t tackle anymore and he has lost a couple of steps. He knows where the ball is going, but he can’t get there. In Baltimore it was Ed being Ed. Apparently the Texans don’t have a sense of humor. All that said, I’d like to see him sign back with the Ravens and if they lose to Chicago, they very well might sign him if he is willing to take a much reduced contract. I think they only have about 1 1/2 mil left under the cap, and they won’t spend it all on him. If they are not going anywhere this season, why not bring Ed along for the ride. We love him in Baltimore. That way we can have a big celebration for him at the last home game.

  40. vikefan says: Nov 13, 2013 8:08 PM

    How could the Vikings NOT want him, we don’t have a secondary player within 5 yards of any receiver on any pass play, how could Reed be any worse than that? especially with Harrison Smith gone for the season…..

  41. zxcvb11 says: Nov 13, 2013 8:10 PM

    I don’t know why people think Ed Reed has leadership. Having a good career does not make one a leader. Ray was always the leader of that team. Ed has always been full of himself, ran his mouth, and caused drama in the offseason. Reasons why the Ravens made no effort in resigning him, especially at his age. Its also what caused the mid season mutiny which lead to Pollard’s release. The Texans thought they would get leadership out of him and we all know how that went. Ed Reed is nothing more than a diva at this point in his career.

  42. steelcurtainn says: Nov 13, 2013 8:23 PM

    Can’t wait to see the next sucker team he signs with.

  43. Fly Eagles Fly says: Nov 13, 2013 8:35 PM

    Why wouldn’t the Eagles sign him? Wolf just got hurt and Chung is injury prone. If they both go out then what? If nothing else he’s an experienced back up

  44. sweetnlow44 says: Nov 13, 2013 9:26 PM

    I think it’s a little misleading to say that no other team wanted him. They may want him, but didn’t want to pay what he was due had they claimed him off waivers. There’s probably a few teams out there in need of some patch work at safety that may pick him up.

  45. shatho1 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:33 PM

    welcome to Dallas

  46. htown1035 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:45 PM

    All of you who think he’s going to the Patriots, don’t you realize that Belichick has already learned his lesson with Ochocinco?

  47. winorlose6burgh says: Nov 13, 2013 11:54 PM

    Told u polamalu is better

  48. winorlose6burgh says: Nov 13, 2013 11:57 PM

    Hines ward for sure took some years off Ed reed man for a receiver he put some nasty hits on him

  49. nflrox36 says: Nov 14, 2013 11:17 AM

    I’d like to see the Chiefs sign Reed..let him play out this season in a supporting role and in the off-season convince him to hang up the cleats and become a secondary coach.

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