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Ed Reed: Patriots, Dolphins also showed interest in signing him

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Ed Reed speaks to reporters Thursday. (New York Jets)
Ed Reed speaks to reporters Thursday. ( New York Jets)

Though safety Ed Reed passed through waivers soon after he was released by the Texans following his unsuccessful stint in Houston, he quickly was signed by the Jets on Thursday.

And apparently, Reed -- a 35-year-old who hadn't recorded an interception or a pass break-up this season -- was quite popular in the AFC East. According to Reed, he also heard from the Dolphins and Patriotswhen he became a free agent.

"I don't think either one of them wanted me in their conference,” Reed told reporters, via the team.

Not only did Reed up in the same conference as New England and Miami. He ended up in the same division.

Which leads us to this question: does it even matter? Despite signing a three-year, 15 million deal with the Texans before the season, he barely lasted half the year before losing his starting job. Does Reed still have what it takes to play in the league?

“I don't think I'd be here if [the Jets] didn't think that,” he said. “I know what I know. I know what I feel and I know what I put into my offseason workout. I'm ready to go. You'll see."

As for the criticism he's felt lately -- something he's probably experienced only in exceedingly rare times as he built his probable Hall of Fame career in Baltimore?

“When you critique me, you've got to critique everybody,” he said. “But it seems that Ed Reed is held to a higher standard -- and I created that monster. I've been blessed to create that monster. I love it. I'm all for it.”

Reed, though, isn't quite sure about his role for this Sunday. "If coach wants me to start, I'll start. If he wants me to play on sub or dime, I'll do that. If he wants me to run on kickoff, I'll do that. I'm here to help the team win."

But we can tell you one thing. The team is excited about having him.

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