HOUSTON – Nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed was released by the Houston Texans Tuesday in what has been a disaster of a season.
The 35-year-old Reed was signed to a three-year, $15 million contract in the offseason after he spent his entire 11-year career with Baltimore.
Texans coaches and fans had high expectations for the veteran, but he barely broke a sweat in a few lackluster performances.
Reed missed the preseason and first two regular season games because of a hip injury and was recently demoted to backup after disappointing play.
"I’m not perfect and I know I am held to a higher standard because of what I’ve done in the past but that was the past and I am a totally different player now," Reed said Monday. "But, even when I did go out there, the ball didn’t come my way, but that’s neither here nor there."
The last straw likely came from his criticism of the team and coaches after Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals.
"We played really well outside certain situations. In those situations, we just got outplayed and outcoached," said Reed.
He didn’t stop there, especially in reference to the Texans poor performance in the 3rd quarter.
"If you’re watching the game, there are no-brainers. We need to get off the field; we need those three and outs," said Reed. "But also, as an offense you have to move the ball, you can’t go three and out, puts your defense back on the field that quick."
"The drives that they had, I’m looking at it as if guys were a little fatigued. If you don’t control the ball as much offensively, defensively, you’re going to get fatigued. They are going to make plays, eventually they are going to figure out what you’re doing if you’re doing the same old things."
The subject of his playing time was also brought up to Reed after the game.
"I’m doing what I’m told for the most part. I know a lot of football. I know a lot about football and I know a lot about this game, I’m not just watching it blind, man," said Reed. "The stuff I do know, I can’t say to you guys because it is a team sport. I do look at it from a coach’s perspective as well."
"There’s a lot of soul searching, top to bottom that needs to be done."
"I know football," said Reed. "In certain situations, we just didn’t do well."
After Reed’s comments become public Monday, he tweeted: "Speak the truth no matter what, in hope that it helps someone along the way!"
On Tuesday, Reed tweeted, "Thanks to the Texans! And the City of Htown!"
Reed will be on waivers, but the Texans are stuck paying the majority of his $6 million guaranteed contract for this season even if another team signs him.