After the rumors were initially reported by ESPN, the New York Jets twitter account confirmed today that the team has signed the veteran safety Ed Reed.
We bolstered our secondary THURS, agreeing to terms with Ed Reed a day after the veteran S cleared waivers.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) November 14, 2013
Reed was cut by the Houston Texans on Tuesday and cleared waivers yesterday. The Texans pursued Reed actively in the off-season and was their biggest acquisition going into the 2014 season. His presence was supposed to boost an already solid defense and give the Texans that final piece they needed to reach the Super Bowl. After starting the season late, Reed was very disappointing in the seven games he played. So far he’s had only 14 tackles and no interceptions. The weak stats got him knocked down to second-string safety, and they gave the coaches and GM no reason to keep him after his disparaging comments about the team.
Meanwhile, the Jets have the best rushing defense in the league thanks to the stellar play of Muhammad Wilkerson, but their pass defense is weak. They are ranked 24th in the league in opposing passing yards and needed an extra boost in their secondary. While Reed may not be the player he once was, the Jets could use the veteran presence and leadership as they are fighting for a playoff spot, something that seemed improbable at the start of the season.