One of the biggest names on the free agent market during this past NFL off-season was reigning Super Bowl and future Hall of Famer Ed Reed. Although Reed wasn’t considered the same elite player and turned 35 in September, the veteran safety attracted a lot of interest from teams like the New England Patriots, Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens.
Unfortunately for the Texans, who ultimately signed Reed, the veteran safety turned out to be a bust this season and was released by the team on the same day running back Arian Foster was placed on the IR according to ESPN.com:
The Houston Texans released safety Ed Reed on Tuesday and also placed running back Arian Foster on season-ending injured reserve.
Reed had no problem blasting the Texans coaching staff following the disappointing loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 10 claiming the team was outplayed and outcoached. Reed’s comments likely played role in his release on Tuesday, but veteran failed to make much of an impact all season long.
It’s been a rough season for the Texans following the first AFC South division title last year. Houston came into the year with high hopes of being a legitimate Super Bowl title contender in the AFC while being the team to beat within the division.
Heading into Week 11 against the Oakland Raiders, the Texans are sporting a 2-7 record and have slipped back into mediocrity as a result.
Without arguably their best offensive weapon in Foster and a defense that is nowhere near as dominant in comparison to last season, Houston will likely miss the playoffs and be headed for drastic changes in the off-season.