The New York Jets signed veteran safety and future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed today. Once Reed passed through waivers, clearing him of his Houston contract this move was only a matter of time. Despite his struggles with the Texans, this season, Reed will immediately improve the Jets secondary depth and bring leadership to the back end of their defense.
The key thing to remember is that the Jets don’t need Reed to be an every down player. Even if Reed is 75% of the player he once was in Baltimore, he is an upgrade over Josh Bush and Jaiquawn Jarrett as a backup coverage safety. Reed is a better ballhawk and center-fielder in one high looks than anybody currently on the roster. If he can contribute 20-25 plays per week depending on the opponent and situation, the Jets improved their defense today and improved it at a minimum cost.Beyond that, Reed will be an excellent mentor to Antonio Allen, Jarrett and Bush (if he sticks on the roster), along with Dee Milliner. This is a move with little potential downside. It improves depth, shows the team is serious about making a playoff push and adds a potential playmaker to the back end. Keep in mind, the Jets have 5 interceptions in 9 games…adding arguably the greatest ballhawking safety of all-time, even in a diminished state, isn’t a bad thing.
If there is one coach in the NFL who is going to get the most out of Reed this season, it is Rex Ryan.
What do you think of the move, Jets Nation?