Ed Reed joins the Jets

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Ed Reed wasn’t out of work for long.

Reed, the veteran safety who was released by Houston on Tuesday, is heading to New York. The Jets announced that Reed has agreed to terms on a contract and is expected to be on the practice field today.

It’s unclear whether Reed will play on Sunday against the Bills, but he already knows Rex Ryan’s defense, having played for Ryan in Baltimore, so it shouldn’t take him long to get up to speed. Next Sunday, the Jets travel to Baltimore, where Reed will surely be motivated to have a big game against the Ravens.

What remains to be seen is whether Reed has enough left in the tank to make much of a difference. In Houston, Reed didn’t contribute much, but if the 35-year-old Reed has anything left, he could bolster the Jets’ secondary down the stretch as they fight for a playoff spot.

99 responses to “Ed Reed joins the Jets

  1. I’ve admired watching Ed Reed play, he really is one of the greatest ever.

    Even Stevie Wonder could see he’s finished though.

  2. At the very least, this has become a great retirement plan. $5.5 million for 7 games with the Texans, plus some more money from the Jets. Make fun of him not retiring all you want, but he’s making out very well financially.

  3. Win/Win for both sides.

    Ed Reed gets to play for a team that has dreadful Safety depth and a HC whose defense Reed knows inside out. Plus he gets to re-team with Dawan Landry.

    The Jets get their first league-average Free Safety since Jim Leonhard left 2 years ago.

    I don’t think anyone’s expecting Pro Bowl Reed back (even with all the “motivation”), but the Jets secondary was in dire need of a “quarterback” since Revis left.

  4. As a Pats fan….love it. It is what makes the Jets the Jests. Useless signing of a guy that cant even run, make open field tackles. He made his first tackle in game 7. Yea, great signing Rex!

  5. But I thought the article on here last night said no team wanted him? Weird.

    Michael David Smith: You need to work on your reading comprehension. What we posted last night was that no team claimed him on waivers, not that no team wanted him.

  6. Jets sign Ed Reed: “He’s washed up and can’t play anymore”

    If Patriots sign Ed Reed: “WOW! What a move! Belichicks a genius! Great pickup!”

    But on a serious note, this is a pretty good move if Reed is used correctly. At this point he is not an every down player, but he still had 4 INTs with Baltimore last season so he’s not completely done. If used correctly as a situational player in the correct scheme, I think he can help the Jets secondary, which has been the weak link of their defense.

  7. Also worth mentioning is that Rex was able to squeeze whatever little juice was left out of Trevor Pryce, Jim Leonhard, and Bart Scott, so you can’t blame him for taking a league-minimum flyer on Ed Reed.

  8. C’mon Ravens fans – all the piling on you did when he signed with the Texans I should now hear even more of it signing with the Jets.

  9. I have no idea how much Reed has left in the tank, or even Polamalu for that matter, but could you imagine if the Steelers had signed him and he and Polamalu were the Steelers starting safeties?

  10. Is the Jets’ secondary that bad that hey have to sign a 35 yr old safety who can’t cover and can’t tackle? In that case I can’t wait for Jets to visit M&T Bank on November 24.

  11. people may forget already….this guy won a ring last year. now he returns to the coach and the system that made him a hall of fame player? it may not be the ed reed we’re used to, but i’d say he has a mid-season revelation

  12. I know neither are in their prime, but wouldn’t it be cool to see Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu both on the same team?

  13. Ahhhhh. Rex strikes again. Maybe this will get the Jets fans mind off how much they suck for a day or two.

  14. Rex knows what he’s doing on D. I’m sure he’ll shore up our porous secondary by committee approach. He can’t be any worse than Cro this season & he’ll bring a legendary presence/mentoring for further development of the younger players.

    Its worth it for the Raven’s game alone…

  15. @mingyabro…if only the jets could have signed haynesworth and ochocinco like the pats did.

    i guarantee the jets get more out of ed reed than what you got out of those two.

  16. Tyler says:
    Nov 14, 2013 11:58 AM
    I know neither are in their prime, but wouldn’t it be cool to see Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu both on the same team?
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    No.

  17. “Ed Reed Joins the Jets”

    Yeah. Nobody saw this coming, ha ha.

    The Jets- the team that says “yes” after all the other teams have said “Are you kidding?”

  18. All Reed needs to do in NY is pick off pressured throws created by the D-line. All this “hurf blurf circus” is really old and stupid at this point.

  19. Ed Reed looks like Eddie Murphy’s character in “Life” after he escapes from jail. Looks about as old as the guy too.

  20. This is a great move. The Jets secondary has been pitiful all season and anything is an improvement, even with a washed-up Ed Reed. Rex and Reed go back a ways and Reed knows this defense. Maybe he’ll make a big enough difference to get a few interceptions in these next 7 games and help us get into the playoffs.

  21. I actually feel bad for the Jets. They will forever be a mediocre team with Rex Ryan as a coach. It will be like the Bengals East bouncing between 8-8 seasons and one and done playoff runs here and there. The difference is the Bengals have talent. The Jets collect old washed up players. Maybe Ed will make a difference in the locker room but any TE or speed guy will run right by him.

  22. xcerebus1 says: Nov 14, 2013 11:54 AM

    Yes…..he worked that same magic with Tebow. Ryan can’t get anything out of the players he has now.

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    Ryan took personnel that was widely panned as worst in the league and has them sitting in a playoff spot through Week 10.

    But yeah, he can’t get anything out of his players..

  23. For all of you saying he was smart to cash out, he could have stayed in Baltimore and made more money that over the end of the contract anyways and got a few more runs at a ring.

  24. Texan’s fan here. Ed was not used properly here in Houston. He may not be near what he used to be, but the role Wade Phillips tried to make him play did not fit Ed Reed’s style of play. Im betting he will be more than serviceable for the Jet’s. Problem with Kubiak and Phillips is they dont adjust there schemes to fit their players. They want the players to adjust to fit their scheme’s. Bad Coaching…

  25. If Ed Reed had nothing to prove when he signed with Houston, he does now and that could give him and the Jets a boost.

  26. The Jets want Reed for one main thing which is if by some miracle they make the playoffs, they want Reed in case they have to play the Pats.

    Few players have caused Brady as many problems over the years as Reed has.

  27. mingyabro says:
    Nov 14, 2013 11:48 AM
    As a Pats fan….love it. It is what makes the Jets the Jests. Useless signing of a guy that cant even run, make open field tackles. He made his first tackle in game 7. Yea, great signing Rex!

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    Last I checked, Ed has repeatedly knocked the Pats out of the playoffs. You got lucky once that Lee Evans dropped an easy TD. Great job.

    I only wish that the Jets picked up Pollard so he could knock out the whole Patriot team. If the Jets really want to end the Patriots control over the division they should throw all their money at Gronk.

  28. I’m sure signing Ed Reed was also a strategy to get some inside info on the Ravens, to gain any advantage against them in two weeks. Yes, Rex was with the Ravens for a while, but he hasn’t been there in some time, whereas Reed was just there last year. If he Reed can be a difference maker against his former team and gets us a playoff spot, then it’ll all have been worth it.

  29. Keep making the same old tired circus and feet jokes Jets haters. What you dont know is that they can actually play this year.

  30. nyjetsfan08 says:
    Nov 14, 2013 12:45 PM
    I’m sure signing Ed Reed was also a strategy to get some inside info on the Ravens, to gain any advantage against them in two weeks. Yes, Rex was with the Ravens for a while, but he hasn’t been there in some time, whereas Reed was just there last year. If he Reed can be a difference maker against his former team and gets us a playoff spot, then it’ll all have been worth it.

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    This might make sense, except for the fact that right now no one needs any help in stopping the Ravens offense.

  31. Good move. Reed will be a great situational player for passing downs. He being brought in because he’s a ball hawk and a smart player who can help out the Jets inconsistent secondary. He may just have one or two game changing plays left in him. I’m sure Brady is hoping he doesn’t seem him in the playoffs.

  32. Gotta love these Big Bang Theory extras.

    No circus
    No Buttfumble
    A 2-14 season

    That all jumped the shark.

    So these minimum wagers with no playoff hopes, need something to keep them going.

    That about right??

  33. I presume he’s only going to play a few downs. If he was any good why would he have been gotton let go??? Why would Brady care if he saw him again, Brady can make plays with players that are not very good. Ed Reed is a washed up, so I guess he’s only going to have a few plays a game.

  34. @scottbiggie,

    Sorry to deflate your fantasy about having Gronk join your circus but he is under contact until 2019 at which time the Jets will still not have won a division title and will be celebrating their 5oth anniversary since Joe Namath made the team relevant.

  35. What would really be funny is if the Jets released him after next week’s game, then he gets picked up by the Pats in time for their Ravens game (also in Balt) in December. Surely that would be a record.

  36. sgruth33 says:
    Nov 14, 2013 12:11 PM
    Texan’s fan here. Ed was not used properly here in Houston. He may not be near what he used to be, but the role Wade Phillips tried to make him play did not fit Ed Reed’s style of play. Im betting he will be more than serviceable for the Jet’s. Problem with Kubiak and Phillips is they dont adjust there schemes to fit their players. They want the players to adjust to fit their scheme’s. Bad Coaching…
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    Had nothing to do with the role. He was brought here to be exactly what he was. He was just outplayed by Keo and lost his starting job. Simple as that.

  37. looks like Ed Reed choosing the Jets > Pats is stinging Pats fans. Even if Reed doesnt have anything left i’m glad he picked the Jets > Pats. Let it sting Pats fans. Let it sting…

  38. Not a jets fan, but there are lots of incorrect facts out there. Ed had 16 tackles in 6 games this year.

    Ed eats bad QBs for lunch. Even in his old age.

    He’ll be great in Rex’s scheme. Rex will know how to use him.

    To end the season, Ed gets to go against such “accomplished” passers as EJ Manual, Ryan Tannehill (x2), Terrell Pryor and whoever is upright in Cleveland…

    Seems like a good fit for the Jets.

  39. @ sweetnlow44

    If a team claims a player off waivers, they pick up the contract that the player had with the last team. The Jets obviously wanted Reed but not at the price the Texans were paying him. So they’ll get him cheap.

  40. @idothis2,

    Yes we Pats fans are stinging with our 7-2 record and on target for our 11th AFCE title in the past 13 seasons despite losing our two NFL All Pro defensive players.

  41. Hey jetsarestacked…The last time the Jets were relevant was 1969, 44 years ago. Do you really think a 35 year old safety with bad knees and feet is going to make a difference? That’s why your team has sucked for decades…face it, the Jets are the Cubs of the NFL!!!

  42. What’s with all the hoopla, they got him cheap off the scrap pile. The Jets 53rd man is the only downside and that can’t be much. What we’re not hearing is how many other teams wanted him after he cleared waivers. But Rex won out.

  43. It seems like certain people are forgetting that they’re quarterback is 36. Old Tawmmy Terrific won’t be around much longer. Welcome back to Earth.

  44. As a Patriots fan I’m not going to pretend I wasn’t interested, because I was, but I just can’t believe he chose the Jets who may not even make the playoffs over a Patriots team that appears to be headed towards another AFC East crown. Just shows he’s more interested in making as much money as possible over a possible shot at another ring.

  45. Looks like another free agent that could have helped the horrid defense of the Packers got away. Well at least Ted still have money in the cash register, ey Teddy boy.

  46. This is so awesome!! Love seeing Jets haters miserable!! Sorry all u haters we are making the playoffs. Read it and weep. Haha

  47. patsfan1820 says:
    Nov 14, 2013 1:26 PM
    I wanted the Patriots to sign him but oh well. Serious question though, Why does Kerry Rhodes not have a job right now?

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    Kerry Rhodes does not have ajob because pictures surfaced of him and his “boyfriend”. I don’t agree with it, but it is obvious that the NFL shies away from players that are, or are even perceived to be, in same sex relationships.

  48. I’m scratching my head over this. So everybody on here said Reed was completely done after Houston let him go, and also said he was part of the “too old to play” group of veterans in Baltimore, but now cheer him joining the Jets?

    Which is it, exactly? Does Reed actually have anything left in the tank or not?

    (For the record, I said he should have retired after the Super Bowl to go out as a champ)

  49. citizenstrange says:
    Nov 14, 2013 11:52 AM
    I have no idea how much Reed has left in the tank, or even Polamalu for that matter, but could you imagine if the Steelers had signed him and he and Polamalu were the Steelers starting safeties?

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    I think the average citzen would find that strange

  50. southpaw2k says:
    Nov 14, 2013 2:34 PM
    I’m scratching my head over this. So everybody on here said Reed was completely done after Houston let him go, and also said he was part of the “too old to play” group of veterans in Baltimore, but now cheer him joining the Jets?

    Which is it, exactly? Does Reed actually have anything left in the tank or not?

    (For the record, I said he should have retired after the Super Bowl to go out as a champ)

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    He’s not going to be playing every down and really, it’s pretty worth it to have Reed mentor your young safeties for 7 or so games for a low contract. He brings more to the table in the locker room than on the field most likely.

  51. rex coached the ravens ‘D’ for years Reed’s not going to teach him anything.it’s going to take him 2 weeks just to get ready..thats just the way he is
    [a milkman]

  52. “”””Jets sign Ed Reed: “He’s washed up and can’t play anymore”

    If Patriots sign Ed Reed: “WOW! What a move! Belichicks a genius! Great pickup!”””””

    Agree. Listening to the phony Pats fans dissing Reed ais a joke. This had Belichek all over it if the jets did not pick him up.

    The only bigger joke than a NY fan is a NE fan.

  53. Bad move for Houston signing this worn out POS. Reed robbed the bank on this one with no intent of helping Houston. he should be ashamed …bad hip and taking money…what a jerk….Glad Houston cut its loses and realized it made a bad decision getting this,jerk off….

  54. All Ed does anymore is guess it got him burnt a lot at the end of his time in bmore he will get burnt by his old teammates torrey smith and jacoby jones in 2 weeks

  55. Great move Ed…if you want to scrap your way to 7-9 and fade into the abyss.

    If he didn’t get his ring last year, he probably would have gone to the Pats are considered another contender.

  56. When the Jets lose in Baltimore will that set some kind of record for 1 player losing to the same team playing for different teams?

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    This is strangely reminicent of the Derrick Mason career death spiral. Mason was cut by the Ravens and had cups of coffee with Houston and the Jets before hanging them up. Interesting both teams played in Baltimore that year too.

  57. steelerben unfortunately that’s probably true although there’s probably hundreds of closet cases in the NFL. Also his “boyfriend” is supposedly extorting him and trying to ruin his career. What a d bag.

  58. Can you say what a Pathetic and Desperate move. This is why this team is a J O K E and Irrelevant to the whole NFL.!!!!!!!!

  59. Stats don’t lie ..Reed is a 1st ballot HOFer all he has to do for the Jets is play center field..Quit Hatin!

  60. Ed Reed is mainly experiencing a Superbowl hangover, and not feeling as motivated this season. Maybe being cut and moving to the Jets is a wake up call.

    If he had it still going strong last year, and no injuries are disrupting him, then he could only have so much of an age downfall this year. He’s too good and always been a step better than Champ Bailey, he’ll get it together and last another two years I estimate.

  61. shackdelrio says:
    Nov 14, 2013 11:52 AM
    Hey at least the Jets can claim him as a “Hall of Famer” when he goes into Canton in 6 years.
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    Not happening. When he finally does decide to retire he’ll sign a one day contract in Baltimore and retire a Raven…

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