Ed Reed - Houston Texans safety

Ed Reed probably should have retired. Rather than head out on top as a Super Bowl champion, Reed decided to stick around and signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Texans.

Things haven’t gone well for the former Ravens ballhawk. He missed the team’s first two games with an injury and the Texans have gone winless since his return. Now, Will Grubb of CBS Houston reports that Reed has lost his starting job in Houston.

The team still lists him as a starter but against the Colts it was D.J. Swearinger and Shiloh Keo who started the game at safety, neither had ever started an NFL game coming into this season. Meanwhile, Reed was used almost exclusively as the third safety in the dime package.

“That’s something that’s best for the team and whatever is best for the team that’s what we got to do” D.J. Swearinger told SportsRadio 610.

The one-time great hasn’t recorded an interception this season and has just 16 tackles and no sacks. Grubb reports that Reed likely won’t complete his three-year deal with Houston and could become a salary cap casualty to create space for re-signing J.J. Watt and Kareem Jackson