Ed Reed - Houston Texans safety

Ed Reed has been cut by the Houston Texans. Who saw that coming?

Just about everyone. Ed included.

Last week, Reed was benched by the team. After their 27-24 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, Reed told reporters that the team was “outplayed and outcoached.” These type of throw-your-team-under-the-bus comments are nothing new for Ed. Remember when he said Joe Flacco looked “rattled” in a postseason game? Or how about when he told reporters in New Orleans he “could definitely play for Bill Belichick” just before the Super Bowl? What about when he cost the Ravens 20 grand for chatting about an undisclosed injury in a radio interview with the president of his foundation.

Needless to say I’ve never been a big fan of the guy. He’s gotten away with these types of comments because he’s performed well on the field. But declining performance made the Ravens decision to move on and the Texans decision to cut a guy they signed to a three-year, $15 million deal that much easier.

Fans in Baltimore are already wondering if Reed will return to finish his career as a Raven. I don’t see it happening, neither does the Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson.

The Ravens appear to be an unlikely destination considering Reed’s age, decline in play and an encouraging game by safeties James Ihedigbo and Matt Elam during a 20-17 overtime win over the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday.

Reed is expected to eventually retire as a member of the Ravens.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Reed have expressed mutual admiration many times, but Belichick might not want Reed in a complementary role.