OWINGS MILLS - Ed Reed may get another NFL job, but it won't be with the Ravens.
"There's no plans to change our secondary personnel at this time," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. "We're happy with what we have."
Reed was released by the Texans Monday.
"I was very shocked," Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "Then again, I can't really comment or speculate on it because I don't play for [Houston]."
A look at the situation, though, makes the move less surprising.
The Texans signed Reed to a three-year, $15 million contract in March, but he missed two games while recovering from offseason hip surgery and was unproductive and ineffective enough once he did return to the field that he was benched in favor of former fifth round pick Shiloh Keo, who didn't start a game during either of his first two seasons in the NFL.
Reed also made comments after Houston lost to the Cardinals Sunday that may have contributed to him being released. He said after the game that Houston was "outplayed and out-coached."
Reed is one of the best of the defensive players of his era, is one of the best players in Ravens franchise history and is a surefire future Hall of Famer, but he's 35, has become a noticeably more tentative tackler in recent years and just doesn't have the same physical skills he once did.
In seven games with the Texans, Reed had just 16 tackles and didn't have a single interception, pass deflection, forced fumble, sack or tackle for a loss.
Baltimore made the choice to move on from him after last season. And considering his diminishing skill set and his struggles with Houston, Reed may be hard-pressed to find another NFL opportunity.