Houston Texans fans, the waiting is over. Safety Ed Reed has agreed to terms with the Houston Texans.
Future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed has agreed to terms with the Texans, ending his Ravens career.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 20, 2013
League source confirms that Ed Reed is joining the Texans— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) March 20, 2013
Ed Reed tells me via text that he's going to the Texans -- "Nothing official, but unless something changes, yes." So there you have it.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 20, 2013
Yes, the Texans have landed their big free agency target. As of 6 p.m. Houston Time, no terms of the agreement have been reported. It has been reported that Reed wanted somewhere in the $6-7 million per year range but the market was only around $4 million per year. We'll see where the Texans came in and for how long.
On the field, the Texans get a bonafide leader and a safety who prepares with the best of them. While his speed may have diminished, Reed puts himself in the right position due to that preparation. That said, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips likely will tweak some of his scheme since Reed is more centerfielder than in-the-box jack-of-all-trades. However, given the massive coverage breakdowns in the second half of the season, that's a trade-off that many Texans fans will make.
More to come on this story, but what say you, BRB? Happy #ReedWatch is over? Happy to have him on roster?
EDIT 1: We now know the length of the contract.
Ed Reed's deal with the Texans is for 2 years. While he struggled w/leaving BAL, his only team, the Texans courted him heavily all along— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 20, 2013
EDIT 2: We have more numbers.
Hearing Ed Reed got as much as $7 million total guaranteed on his two-year deal, per a league source.— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) March 20, 2013