Reed began the 2013 season injured, but was ineffective and made just 14 tackles in the seven games he appeared in for the Texans. The 35-year-old former All Pro adds experience and depth to the Jets secondary. New York head coach Rex Ryan is familiar with Reed, dating back to 2002-2008 when Ryan was a defensive line coach and later defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens.
Just hours before Reed cleared waivers Wednesday, Ryan spoke about the possibility of landing the vet:
“I could say absolutely, yes, I’d like him on our team,” said Ryan, who tried to camouflage his interest by mentioning several other former players he’d like to have back but couldn’t.
“The big picture of right now, the current football team, I’m probably not the right guy to make all those decisions,” Ryan said. “I think sometimes there’s a comfort level in knowing guys, without question, guys that certainly played well for you. … I’d like those guys, without question.”
The Jets stated that Reed would be on the practice field Thursday, leaving a chance that he could make his Jets debut Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
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