FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (CBS NEW YORK/WJZ) – Former Ravens coach Rex Ryan wanted to be reunited with Ed Reed, and now he will be.
The nine-time Pro Bowler signed with the Jets on Thursday.
Reed, released Tuesday by Houston, cleared waivers on Wednesday and was available to any team. Ryan, who coached Reed for several years in Baltimore, acknowledged that he and general manager John Idzik discussed the possibility of adding him.
“If we did, I keep that conversation private and all that kind of stuff,” Ryan said to CBS New York. “But part of due diligence, if you’ve coached a player, I’m sure you would want that input. So, did we have it? I think it’s safe to say yes.”
Reed missed the Texans’ first two games after hip surgery and was relegated to a backup role in recent games, making just 16 tackles. He was unhappy not starting in Houston after signing a three-year, $15 million deal in the offseason after 11 years in Baltimore. Reed also criticized the team for being outplayed and outcoached after the Texans’ seventh straight loss last Sunday.
The Jets have the NFL’s 26th-ranked pass defense, but Ryan insisted he is pleased with his current group of safeties, including Dawan Landry, Jaiquawn Jarrett and Antonio Allen – whom the coach said has “a chance to be really good.”
But that clearly didn’t prevent Ryan from wanting to add Reed.