Reed signed with Houston on Friday, and he'll continue to roam the secondary in the NFL for the Texans after getting a new contract, as originally reported by CBS' Jason La Canfora:
Future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed has agreed to terms with the Texans, ending his Ravens career.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 20, 2013
NFL Network reporter Albert Breer backed that news up with a few words from Reed himself:
Ed Reed tells me via text that he's going to the Texans -- "Nothing official, but unless something changes, yes." So there you have it.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 20, 2013
As far as money goes, La Canfora also reported that his deal could be worth up to $16 million if Reed meets all the incentives over the life of the three-year agreement:
Maximum value of Ed Reed's deal with the Texans is $16 million for 3 years. Very strong deal for an older safety, especially in this market— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 21, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, March 22 at 1 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald
As documented by ESPN, Reed inked his three-year, $15 million contract on Friday. He then indicated that he knew he was headed for Houston all along, citing conversations with Texans GM Rick Smith:
From the first day of free agency, Rick called me and I think we both knew, just from the conversation, how things were going and how this would work. It just was a matter of time with getting it done.
After Reed reflected on the storybook, Super Bowl ending to his 11-year tenure in Baltimore, Smith responded with glowing comments about the future Hall of Fame free safety:
To say we have added a player who can impact a game is an understatement," Smith said. "I am truly thankful that this deal came together. We always talk about player acquisitions, what are you trying to do, whether it's in the draft or free agency? We're trying to add players that are quality men, that make an impact on the game. Certainly, we feel like we've done that with Mr. Reed.
Texans owner Bob McNair alluded to Reed's play against the New England Patriots as a big reason why he's enthused about the acquisition, since the Pats have been a huge hurdle for Houston in the AFC:
It was quite clear that Baltimore was able to play the Patriots and they were very effective...I think their center fielder had a lot to do with that. The quarterback (Brady) has commented that the first thing he'd do when he got up to the line, he'd look for No. 20 and he wanted to know where he was. Ed studies it so well, understands it so well, that it reaches a point where he could sort of think like the other quarterback.
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Reed just completed his 11th season with the Baltimore Ravens and has played in an astounding 160 regular-season games over the course of his career, missing just 16 since being a first-round draft pick in 2002.
Since 2003, Reed has been to nine Pro Bowls, missing it just once in the past 10 seasons. Reed also boasts an impressive career stat line, including 510 total tackles, 61 interceptions and 1,541 interception return yards—good for first all time.
Reed was asked to play a major role last season, as he had to pick up the slack with Ray Lewis missing a considerable portion of the 2012 regular season.
What do you think of Reed going to Houston?
He proved he was up to the challenge then and in the playoffs, when he started all four games for the Super Bowl XLVII champs, and intercepted Colin Kaepernick in the second quarter of the big game to help open up a sizable Baltimore lead.
Reed also has nine interceptions in the playoffs during the course of his career, a category in which he is tied for the all-time lead.
Reed and Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome had both expressed interest in the All-Pro returning to the Ravens in 2013.
Although he's getting up there in age (34), it's clear Houston has plenty of faith in his ability to captain a high-quality secondary.