Free agent safety Ed Reed reached an agreement with the New York Jets this morning, meaning that his career won’t be coming to a close and the one-day contract he’ll eventually get from the Ravens will have to wait.
It also means he’ll be facing his former team for the second time in a matter of 10 weeks when the Jets visit Baltimore on Nov. 24.
That’s right. All the farewell videos and warm feelings directed at Reed when the Texans were at M&T Bank Stadium in Week 3? It wasn’t goodbye after all. That Sept. 22 contest won’t end up being Reed’s last in Baltimore, as he’ll be back in just 10 days.
Members of the Ravens recognize the humor in the fact that they’ll see Reed again so soon.
“How crazy is that?” cornerback Corey Graham said. “It’s always good to see Ed again. Obviously, you don’t want to see him on the other team. But you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. Things didn’t work out for him in Houston, so this time, it’s the Jets. They’re actually playing well right now, so it’s crazy how that seems to fit for him. But I wish him the best, look forward to seeing him next week. But hopefully we go home with the victory though.”
Reed reunited with his former defensive coordinator, Rex Ryan, who leads a Jets team that currently holds the AFC’s second wild card at 5-4. New York owns the eighth-ranked defense in the NFL and adds Reed to the league’s ninth-best passing defense.
Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees believes the familiarity between Ryan and Reed could make it a good fit.
“Ed’s a leader,” Pees said. “I would think that would be a situation Rex feels really comfortable. He got a guy that played for him for however many years Rex was here. ... I think a lot of Ed. I think a lot of all the guys that have played here.”
Reed, 35, was released by Houston this week after first struggling to get on the field following hip surgery and then not playing well when on it. He lasted just seven games (five starts) into a three-year, $15 million contract, contributing a mere 20 tackles (14 solo) during his brief tenure with the Texans.
Guard Marshal Yanda, who played his first six seasons with Reed, understands that quirks happen in the NFL, especially ones like facing the longtime Raven as an opponent twice in the same season with two different teams.
“Sometimes that’s part of the NFL. It’s a business as far as sometimes people get released,” Yanda said. “I wish the best for Ed and hopefully he does well for the Jets. It’s just the way the NFL works - guys are going to be at different places and sometimes it happens during the year, too. You understand that if you’ve been here for a while. It’s just kind of part of the whole deal.”
Update: The Ravens had four starters miss practice Thursday - defensive end Chris Canty (knee), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (knee), linebacker Daryl Smith (thigh) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (groin). Coach John Harbaugh hasn’t given an indication that any of the four will miss Sunday’s game in Chicago.
Safety James Ihedigbo (toe), cornerback Jimmy Smith (groin) and linebacker Terrell Suggs (neck) were limited participants while tailback Bernard Pierce (toe/knee) and wideout Brandon Stokley (thigh) practiced fully.