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On the idea of Ed Reed to the Texans

3/13/2013

Texans fans going stir crazy over the team’s lack of action are surely doing cartwheels now.

In losing free agent safety Glover Quin, the team was left with enough cap room to chase a veteran replacement. And the first candidate to fill the empty slot in the secondary is play-making veteran Ed Reed, per John McClain of Houston Chronicle.

Adding a ball hawk like Reed would be nice. But two issues work against him.

He’ll be 35 on Sept. 11. And while he may be as good as any safety ever in terms of playing the ball, he’s always going to be eager to play the ball. Which means the Texans wouldn’t be using him (wasting him?) by design as a linebackerish safety in some personnel groupings. That’s a spot in which Quin excelled. I’d expect Reed would want to play deeper more often.

That’s fine. Defenses evolve, and coordinator Wade Phillips would surely have ways to use a talent like Reed in a system that ultimately didn’t get enough plays from a secondary that finished poorly in 2012, much like the team.

Reed wouldn’t be a long-term answer.

But if the Texans sign him and draft a guy at the position in a strong year for safeties, the kid could learn a lot from Reed and Danieal Manning before taking over in a year or two.