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Jets agree to terms with safety Ed Reed
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – The Rex-Reed reunion is now official.
The Jets announced Thursday morning that they have agreed to terms with nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed, a day after he cleared waivers following his Tuesday release from the Texans.
Reed, 35, is expected to practice Thursday morning with the team.
In a corresponding move, the Jets released linebacker Ricky Sapp.
On Wednesday, Rex Ryan told reporters “it's safe to say” he and general manager John Idzik had a conversation about adding Reed – who played 11 seasons in Baltimore. Though no NFL team put in a waiver claim for the veteran safety, the Jets were interested from the beginning.
Reed flew to New York Wednesday night, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, and had a "long meeting" with Idzik. The future Hall of Fame safety also underwent a "lengthy" physical Thursday morning on account of his ailing hip.
“Absolutely, yes, I would like him on our team," Ryan said Wednesday of Reed, whom he coached for seven seasons with the Ravens.
Ryan tried to temper his interest by rattling off names of past players he’d also love to have, guys like Brandon Moore, Ray Lewis, Alan Faneca and Trevor Pryce. But a reunion with Reed became a reality when the Jets coach reached out to the former Texan/Raven.
Coincidentally, Reed’s arrival in Florham Park comes just 10 days before the Jets are scheduled to face the Ravens in Baltimore.
“I think with us, as an organization, we're going to look at any player out there that we feel can help us,” Ryan said Wednesday. “. . . If that's the case with Ed Reed or any player, we'll certainly consider it.
“Anybody that I've ever coached, that bled for me, I want them . . . I think there's a comfort level in knowing guys, without question, and guys that certainly played well for you."