Ed Reed finalizing deal with Texans
The Texans have landed a future Hall of Famer.
According to a report from CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, Ed Reed and the Texans have agreed to contract terms for a two-year deal.
League sources have confirmed to CSNHouston's Kelli Johnson that the deal is close and just few minor details remain to be finalized.
Texans' general manager Rick Smith flew to Atlanta early last Thursday morning in owner Bob McNair's private jet to pick Reed up from his offseason home. Reed spent the night in Houston and the two sides have been talking since.
“I always told 'Dre, I always have a great time when I come to Houston,” Reed said to CSNHouston last Thursday night. “Houston is like a home away from home.”
Last Wednesday, the Texans lost out on Glover Quin as the former Texan safety signed a five-year deal to join the Lions. Reed will be his replacement.
With Houston, Reed will join Danieal Manning, Kareem Jackson and Johnathan Joseph in the starting secondary. The Texans agreed to terms with slot cornerback Brice McCain late on Tuesday night.
"Big ups to Ed Reed signing with us. Lets GO!!!!!," Manning, who will be the other starting safety for the Texans in 2013, tweeted after hearing the news that Reed would be joining the team.
“Houston was the team that I looked at and felt like they were where we were in Baltimore years ago and right there on the brink,” Reed said. “And if you were to play with anybody, you would want to play with one of your brothers that you fought with before. And 'Dre is definitely like a younger brother. And if I was to go and get a ring with anybody, outside of Reggie Wayne or Frank Gore, it would be Andre Johnson.”
Johnson and Reed, along with Chris Myers and others, went out to dinner late last Thursday night. Johnson is good friends with Reed and has stayed in constant contact. They had talked about the possibility of playing together over the years.
Reed, 34, is coming off his first Super Bowl victory and is a nine-time Pro Bowler and an eight-time All-Pro. The future Hall of Famer had spent his entire 11-year career with the Ravens after they took him with the 24th pick in the 2002 draft. Reed will turn 35 in September.
Reed has had hip and neck injuries in recent seasons but played all 16 games last year. He's only missed time in three of his 11 years in the league.
He was the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 and is the NFL's active leader in interceptions with 61. His 1,541 interceptions return yards rank first all-time.
A University of Miami product, Reed is very close with Texans' wide receiver Andre Johnson.
During the NFL's three-day legal tampering period, Reed wasn't able to speak with teams because he didn't have an agent. He has since hired California-based David Dunn of Athletes First. Dunn also represents Matt Schaub and recently released Kevin Walter.