Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Green Day: Mulling Ed Reed & Jets
By Rich Cimini
The New York Jets missed their chance to grab Ed Reed in 2002, passing on him with the 22nd pick in the draft. They opted for Bryan Thomas. Oops.
Now Reed is available again, waived Tuesday by the Houston Texans. Do I think the Jets will show interest? Doubtful.
If Rex Ryan were calling the shots, I'd say yes, considering his history with Reed at the Baltimore Ravens. But I don't think general manager John Idzik will go for it. He's a status-quo kind of guy, and my hunch is that he likes his current safeties, Dawan Landry, Antonio Allen and Jaiquawn Jarrett.
Me? My initial thought was to take a pass, considering Reed's age (35) and lack of production (no interceptions and 16 tackles in seven games). But upon further review, it's worth at least an internal discussion. If Reed is willing to take a complementary role -- a big if -- it's worth consideration. The Jets use a three-safety package at times, and they might be able to find a niche for Reed, one of the greatest ballhawks in history. They don't have a true free safety. He already knows the system.
The Jets can talk all they want about the steadiness of Landry and the promise of Allen and Jarrett, but the troika has produced only two interceptions -- although we should mention that Allen took one to the house.
Reed became a malcontent in Houston, lost playing time (only 12 snaps last Sunday) and criticized the coaches, saying they were "outplayed and outcoached" after losing to the Arizona Cardinals. Maybe Reed is fed up. Maybe he just wants to take his records, go home and wait for Canton to call in five years. Obviously, he's not what he used to be, but it's worth a phone call for the Jets. Plus, they play the Ravens next week in Baltimore. You know they'd get Reed's best -- whatever he has left -- for that game.
If I were Idzik, I'd defer to Ryan, who knows what makes Reed tick. If Ryan thinks there's an ounce or two of football left in Reed's body, why not? One big play could mean the difference between going to the playoffs or sitting home.
ICYMI: Tuesday was a quiet day for the Jets. They didn't report any roster moves or free-agent workouts. On Monday, they tried out six wide receivers, including former Green Bay Packer B.J. Cunningham. ... Rookie safety Rontez Miles, who thought he finally arrived, cleared waivers Tuesday, allowing him to return to the practice squad. ... Former Jets star Darrelle Revis told the New York Post he's tired of being harassed by Jets fans on Twitter. Owner Woody Johnson called it "horrible." ... Injured running back Mike Goodson, indicted last week on weapons charges, is subject to league discipline under the personal conduct policy. His suspension for substance abuse was a separate deal.