Cowboys need to pass on Ed Reed

November, 12, 2013
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IRVING, Texas -- Considering the Dallas Cowboys' woes at safety, Ed Reed would seem to make sense to join a defense in crisis mode. But he’s not the Ed Reed from the Baltimore Ravens days.

The Cowboys can be criticized for picking Roy Williams over Ed Reed in 2002, but if -- or when -- they pass on Reed this time, it makes more sense. And a source told ESPNDallas.com’s Calvin Watkins the Cowboys will not sign Reed.

Reed played in only seven games for the Houston Texans. Hip surgery knocked him out of the preseason and the first two games of the regular season. He started five of the seven games he played and had 16 tackles with no interceptions. He criticized Wade Phillips’ coaching.

Oh, and he is 35 years old.

Jeff Heath has struggled and was responsible for three touchdowns in the loss to the New Orleans Saints. J.J. Wilcox has missed three games with a knee injury but had yet to make impact plays. Reed might want to go to a team with a better chance of making a playoff run at this point in his career. At 5-5, the Cowboys currently share the NFC East lead with the Philadelphia Eagles, but look far from a contender.

The Cowboys could claim Reed, who earned $6 million this year from the Texans, and pay him $411,000 for the final six weeks. They have the salary-cap room to do it, but is it worth it?

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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