Harbaugh says Ravens have no plans to sign Reed

Harbaugh says Ravens have no plans to sign Reed
November 13, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Harbaugh on Ed Reed: He will always be a Raven

Houston Texans free safety Ed Reed, left, hugs Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees, as he makes his return to his former team as a Texan.

(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

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Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens had no plans to sign safety Ed Reed, who was released Tuesday by the Texans. Reed spent 11 seasons with the Ravens, before signing with the Texans during the offseason.

“Ed’s a Raven, he’ll always be a Raven,” Harbaugh said Wednesday. “I’m sure he’ll be in the Ring of Honor one day, I’m sure he’ll be in the Hall of Fame someday. We’ve kept in touch with Ed on and off here regularly. He’s a good friend of everybody here. There’s no plan to change our secondary personnel at this time. We’re happy with what we have. Guys are playing well.”

At age 35, Reed’s role had been diminishing with the Texans, and following Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals, he said the Texans were outcoached. It remained to be seen if Reed would be picked up on waivers, or if this marked the end of his career. However, with James Ihedigbo and rookie Matt Elam now starting at safety with the Ravens, Harbaugh’s comments indicate that Reed will not be making a return to Baltimore.

Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain said he did not expect the Texans to let Reed go.

"It’s really surprising to some extent, knowing the player that Ed is and what he brings to a team," McClain said. "It’s surprising, but then it’s not. Every time this game always shows me something."

The Texans decided they no longer needed Reed. Apparently, the Ravens feel the same.