By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: November 13th, 2013 at 12:13 pm EST
On Tuesday, the Houston Texans released safety Ed Reed. This was the first time that Reed was released in his career.
And with this release, it looks more like his career will be coming to an end now after the Texans let him go. The 35-year-old was the Texans prized acquisition in the off-season, but was released after saying that the team was out-coached and outplayed on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
Reed, who is a 9-time Pro Bowler, had little interest from teams in the off-season after it was clear that he would not return to the Baltimore Ravens after winning the Super Bowl. And an early indication is that Reed will have an extremely hard time signing with a team with his diminishing skills.
“I’m held to a high standard because of what I’ve done in the past, but that was the past,” Reed said. “I’m a totally different player now. Even when I did go out there, the ball didn’t come my way.”
Reed has earned enough money to live off of for the rest of his life. He received a $5.5 million dollar signing bonus in March after signing a three-year, $15 million dollar deal.
In Week 3, he return to the Texans after being out while recovering from a torn labrum. He returned in Baltimore, as the Texans played the Ravens, before the Ravens won 30-9.
In just seven games, he had 16 tackles, before being demoted from a starter. He was just used in dime situations two weeks ago against the Indianapolis Colts.
The former Ravens first round pick in 2002, he has 61 career interceptions. He also has a 109 pass deflections, 524 tackles, and 11 forced fumbles in a 167 games.
After his released, the Dallas Cowboys had internal talks about adding Reed, before deciding against it.