So far, it looks like just two teams might be in the mix for Ed Reed and both are in the AFC East.
Team: New York JetsRumor: Yesterday, Rex Ryan told reporters he'd like Reed on his team, but there was an understanding that maybe Idzik wasn't on board -- at least for a waiver claim. Now that he's cleared waivers? Sounds like the Jets are more interested.
Analysis: Claiming Reed would have meant the assumption of Reed's pricey Texans contract. Now that he's passed through waivers, the Jets apparently have expressed interest. The Jets secondary is not the unit it was last season with LaRon Landry and adding a veteran presence like Reed, even as a package player, might be the missing ingredient to help this unit even out its play. Reed would have nothing to learn and he could fit nicely in a number of roles. Admittedly, the idea of adding Reed as a deep safety and allowing Dawan Landry to play more up around the line might work better while Antonio Allen is utilized in a number of roles, including Big Nickel. Initially to allow Reed to get used to the scheme, it might make sense to use Reed as a Big Nickel and then consider expanding his role.
Odds: 2 to 1
Team: New England Patriots
Rumor: The Boston Herald's Karen Guregian reported that Ed Reed was considering the Patriots as an option according to a source close to Reed. Moreover, that the Patriots where were Reed might be "leaning."Analysis: The Patriots could use some help in their secondary. Bill Belichick generally likes at least one ballhawking safety to play a pinch of in his defense. While reuniting with Ryan might be fun, Reed might perceive the Patriots to be a team that might have the ability to make more of a playoff push and so it could be hard for Reed to resist the opportunity of joining up with the Patriots.
Odds: 3 to 1