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Former Ravens Ed Reed Signs with Jets

by Courtney Jacobs
AFRO Staff Writer

    In this Sept. 22, 2013, file photo, Houston Texans free safety Ed Reed watches during a break in play in the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, in Baltimore. Reed tweeted his thanks to the Texans amid reports that the nine-time Pro Bowl safety will be released in what has been a disaster of a season. The Houston Chronicle and KRIV-TV both reported that Reed was expected to be released Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Reed tweeted: “Thanks to the Texans! And the City of Htown!” Photo/Gail Burton (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
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Former Baltimore Ravens defensive back Ed Reed has joined his second team of the season, reaching an agreement with the New York Jets on Nov. 14.

Reed ended his 11-year tenure with the Ravens in March when he signed a three year, $15 million contract with the Houston Texas, including $5 million of guaranteed money.

After signing with the Texans, Reed underwent arthroscopic surgery in his hip to repair a small labral tear.

Reed missed the first two games but made his debut on Sept. 22 against his former team. As the season has progressed, however, Reed saw his playing time reduced until he finally lost his starting job to Shiloh Keo during Week 9 against the Indianapolis Colts.

Following Houston’s Nov. 10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, Reed voiced his displeasure, saying the 2-7 Texans were “outplayed and outcoached.”

In New York, Reed rejoins former defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, now the Jets’ head coach. Ryan once called Reed “the best safety that’s ever played.”

Reed had the most interceptions since 2002 with 43; Ryan was his defensive coach at the time.

Reed will be available for the Jets’ Nov. 17 game against the Buffalo Bills. The Jets face the Ravens the following week, setting up a second matchup for Reed against his former team.

In his career, Reed has 61 interceptions for a league-record 1,541 return yards and seven touchdowns. He is a five-time All-Pro, last earning the honor in 2010.