FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rex Ryan couldn't even hide it. He's a sucker for his former players and everyone knows it. And that includes Ed Reed.
On Wednesday, the Jets coach admitted "it's safe to say" he and general manager John Idzik had a conversation about adding the former Raven -- although none of the 32 NFL teams put in a waiver claim. But that doesn't mean the Jets aren't interested in Reed, who was released Tuesday by the Texans. Having gone unclaimed, Reed, 35, now is a free agent -- meaning he'll collect the $5 million he's owed from Houston and either sign with a team of his choosing or retire.
The Jets and Patriots appear to be the most likely landing spot for the five-time All-Pro. "Absolutely, yes, I would like him on our team," Ryan said of Reed, whom he coached for seven seasons in Baltimore.
Though the coach quickly added that he'd love to have former players like Brandon Moore, Ray Lewis, Alan Faneca and Trevor Pryce as well, Ryan couldn't deny a reunion with Reed has piqued his interest. And while he "really" likes his current crop of safeties, that hasn't stopped Ryan from doing his due diligence. "I think with us, as an organization, we're going to look at any player out there that we feel can help us," he said. " . . . If that's the case with Ed Reed or any player, we'll certainly consider it."
Added Ryan: "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."
Just call it Wednesday
While Ryan was frustrated by their lack of focus and attention to detail, players explained that practices rarely are sharp because they're installing new plays and schemes. "That's pretty much how a typical Wednesday practice goes," quarterback Geno Smith said. "We'll clean it up tomorrow and then we'll be ready for the game."