Ed Reed spent his first 11 seasons flying around the field in a Baltimore Ravens uniform. A reunion between the two seems unlikely, though.
Reed was released by the Houston Texans on Tuesday afternoon, meaning he’ll be placed on waivers with all 32 teams having a chance to put in a bid for the Pro Bowl safety’s services. The Ravens won’t be one of those teams, however, according to Pro Football Talk.
The Ravens, who are just 4-5 on the season, have had some trouble in the secondary at times. Reed’s replacement, Michael Huff, who was signed during the offseason, didn’t last but a few weeks before being released by the team. The Ravens rank just 18th in pass defense this season, but they don’t seem to believe that Reed can help them anymore. Or at least they don’t want to pay him the $412,000 left on his current contract.
If Reed passes through all 32 teams without being claimed, he will become an unrestricted free agent and able to sign with any team for the league minimum. However, if he’s claimed, the winning team will have to pay the remaining portion of his salary, which comes out to about $62,500 per game. So, many teams may be interested in adding Reed to their roster, but the money may scare some teams away.