FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- When Ed Reed is selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2019 (assuming he retires after this season), his time with the New York Jets will be a footnote in his long, impressive résumé. He wouldn't be the first Hall of Famer in that situation.
Reed would join John Riggins, Ronnie Lott, Art Monk and, some day, Brett Favre, LaDainian Tomlinson and Ty Law (probably) as former Jets whose Hall-of-Fame careers were defined by their time with other teams. In other words, the Jets are good at grabbing guys when their star has faded. The exception is Riggins, who began his career in New York before bolting to the Washington Redskins.
For the most part, none of these moves were disasters. The Jets got productive seasons out of Lott (1993), Law (2005) and Tomlinson (2010). Favre was terrific in 2008 for 11 games, until his right arm fell off. Monk (1994) was just a pedestrian player at that point in his career.
What about Reed? At 35, he's near the end, but we're only talking about a seven-game run here. Basically, he's a hired gun for the stretch drive.
"It seems like a good move, but, obviously, Rex (Ryan) knows more than I do," Joe Namath, the Jets' only true homegrown Hall of Famer, said Thursday in a phone interview. "Rex coached him and he must feel Reed can still be part of the winning formula. I don't think he'd sign him to be an assistant coach or a talker."
ICYMI: Here's the full story on Reed's arrival -- how it happened and why it happened. ... The last time Reed didn't wear No. 20 was Little-League baseball. On Thursday, he was given No. 22. The man who wears No. 20, Kyle Wilson, got all weird when questioned by reporters about the possibility of giving it up for Reed. ... Second-year safety Josh Bush introduced himself to Reed: "Hi, Mr. Reed, how you doing? I'm your shadow." You gotta love it. ... A big-picture view of the Reed signing: The Jets are in it to win it. As Willie Colon said, "All our chips are going to the middle of the table."