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Friday, March 15, 2013
Report cites distance between Reed, Texans

By Paul Kuharsky

While the Houston Texans and Ed Reed are still talking, the veteran safety apparently didn’t find what he was looking for during his stay in Houston.

Per Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the Texans were offering closer to $5 million a year than the $6 or $7 million Reed seeks.

It’s believed a deal for Reed would be for two seasons.

Glover Quin, the safety the Texans need to replace, got an average of $4.7 million a year over five years from the Detroit Lions.

It’s easy from afar to ask, what’s a couple million over a couple years for a Hall of Fame safety?

But teams have to set values and draw lines. It would appear that’s what the Texans are doing here.

We’ll have to see if either side moves or if a team Reed is happy with steps forward to give him what he’s looking for.

Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle wonders whether Reed is worth the money at 34.

"What he can most significantly bring to the Texans is a champion’s mindset (i.e., swagger) -- but only if he still wants to dig deeply enough to be a difference-maker on the field for Houston," writes Robertson. "This guy is a Raven to the core. Does his oeuvre translate when he puts on a Texans uniform? Nobody -- him included -- can say for certain until he’s back on the field, playing for Houston, not Baltimore."