Ed Reed was introduced as the newest Houston Texan at a press conference this morning.
“It’s truly a great day for our franchise. We are here to announce — and to celebrate — Ed Reed as a Houston Texan,” general manager Rick Smith said.
The free agent safety signed a three-year deal worth $15 milion with $5 million guaranteed.
“I know already what they want to do and that’s win a championship. I came here to do that,” Reed said. “Houston already has the attributes. I pray and hope I am the attribute needed to take us to the next level.”
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Reed was drafted in the first round by Baltimore in 2002 and played his entire career with the Ravens, capped off with a Super Bowl win last year.
“The way it ended, you couldn’t have written a better script,” Reed said of his Ravens career.
He then became a free agent.
“This is awesome,” Reed said. “From the first day of free agency, Rick called me and I think we both knew. It was just a matter of time for getting it done.”
Reed, who will turn 35 before the season begins, was the 2004 NFL Defensive player of the year. He is a nine-time Pro Bowl pick and the NFL’s active leader in interceptions with 61.
“To have the opportunity to bring in someone like Ed Reed — who has tremendous leadership ability and is a great ball-hawk … is tremendous,” Texans owner Bob McNair said.
Said Reed: “It was awesome to go from a great franchise to another great franchise.”
Reed, who grew up in Louisiana, said it was a factor to play closer to his family.
Reed is known as a student of the game and showed that in a comment at the press conference.
“Tape just became like regular TV to me,” Reed said. “I enjoy it.”
Reed said one of the hardest parts about leaving the Ravens was his connection to the Baltimore community.
He looks forward to joining the Houston community.
“I’m going to be part of this community, it’s my family now,” he said.
Story Courtesy of UltimateTexans