Ed Reed is now available, and NFL teams can do a little wheeling and dealing to sign the veteran safety.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Reed has passed through waivers, which means the 35-year-old is now a free agent. The Houston Texans placed Reed on waivers Tuesday despite the fact he is in the first year of a three-year deal signed in the offseason.
It’s important that Reed is now a free agent, of course, as any team claiming him on waivers would have had to pay him the rest of his contract. Now that he’s free agent, teams are obviously able to negotiate with him and his camp.
Reed was once one of the best safeties in the game, but age is starting to catch up to him, and he’s not the player he once was. With the Texans struggling and Reed’s play slipping, they were forced to eat money to part ways with him as they continue the season with an eye toward the future.
Ed Reed went unclaimed on waivers. Now a free agent.—
Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 13, 2013