Newsome, Harbaugh bid Reed farewell

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh issued statements Friday morning to say their goodbyes to future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed, who signed a three-year contract with the Houston Texans.

Newsome drafted Reed in the 2002 first round while Harbaugh coached the 34-year-old for his last five seasons in Baltimore.

“Our hope is that the Hall of Fame players we drafted could play their entire careers with us, but we understand why Ed is moving on to the Texans,” Newsome said in the statement. “He’s not the first Hall of Famer to move to another team. Tony Gonzalez is playing with the Falcons. Joe Montana played with the Chiefs. Shannon Sharpe and Rod Woodson played for the Ravens.

“How fortunate we were to have Ed with us for 11 seasons. He is one of the Ravens’ and NFL’s all-time greats. Words cannot measure what he did for us, including helping us win a second Super Bowl. We thank him for all he did for Baltimore. Ed will always be a part of the Ravens family.”

Said Harbaugh: “Ed has had a major impact on our organization and our community. He is a great player and a great friend. We will always be thankful for what we accomplished together.”