FLORHAM PARK, NJ — The New York Jets announced Thursday morning that they have signed free agent safety Ed Reed a day after clearing waivers following his release from the Houston Texans.
Reed, a nine-time Pro-Bowler, Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 and future Hall-of-Famer, will be at practice with the Jets on Thursday and is available to play in the team’s game on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
To make room on the roster for Reed, the Jets also announced the release of outside linebacker Ricky Sapp.
Head coach Rex Ryan hinted on Wednesday that he’d like to have a reunion with Reed, whom he coached for seven seasons while with the Ravens.
“Look, the way I am, I could say absolutely yes. I would like [Reed] on our team. And I’ll say that knowing that you guys know me,” Ryan told reporters on Wednesday, mentioning that he’d also like to have back Ray Lewis, Alan Faneca and Trevor Pryce among others.
Now the reunion is a reality.
The veteran safety will join a Jets secondary that has struggled at times, ranking 14th in league in pass defense according to Football Outsiders. Reed will play alongside former Raven and teammate Dawan Landry, the up-and-coming Antonio Allen and Jaiquawn Jarrett, but his playing time for Sunday remains unknown.
Reed signed a three-year, $15 million contract with Houston in the offseason before undergoing hip surgery, missing the first two games, losing his starting job and then ultimately getting cut. He has no interceptions, no pass breakups and 16 tackles on the season.
“He’s going to land somewhere and create havoc. I’d love to have him here,” said Jets tight end Kellen Winlsow on Wednesday, who was a teammate of Reed’s while at the University of Miami.
Now, the hope is Reed will reek havoc for the Jets.
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