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Ed Reed to visit Texans; 49ers and Colts also interested in Ravens star

Ravens future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed, who quietly hired an agent over the weekend after years of representing himself, is visiting the Texans on Thursday and could meet with the 49ers and Colts, according to league sources.

Reed's pedigree and leadership distinguish him on the free-agent market, though he is 34. The Texans have a need after making strong efforts to retain Glover Quin, who signed with the Lions. The 49ers are still looking for help as well, and it's worth noting Reed is very close with Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, who he played for in Baltimore and in college.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome spoke with Reed before the market opened and said the team would monitor his situation and would see how the market would shape up, though Baltimore did not extend an offer at that time.

Reed is considered by many the greatest safety in NFL history and is coming off a strong playoff performance, where his presence dissuaded stars like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady from throwing downfield.

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