Sep 22, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Houston Texans safety Ed Reed (20) waves to the crowd after the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Houston Texans 30-9 at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Does Ed Reed Make Sense For the Kansas City Chiefs?

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We’ve entered the month of June which sort of acts as a second round of free agency. Every now and then a key player will be cut for salary cap purposes and stir up the market. June is also a good time to add a player after seeing one’s team over the first few OTAs and determining there is a hole left in the roster that needs to be filled.

June is also a time for a group of players who went unsigned before the NFL draft to be picked up by teams who may not have filled a need they wanted to fill in the draft. This may be the case for the Chiefs, who some suggest still have holes at wide receiver and safety.

One name still out there on the safety market is Ed Reed, who played with both the Houston Texans and New York Jets last season. NFL Mocks suggests Kansas City could be a place for Reed to land if the Chiefs don’t like what they see out of their young secondary.

One of the hopes for the Kansas City Chiefs was to find help at safety in order to lend a hand to Pro Bowler Eric Berry.  Despite his best efforts, he is not the best coverage man, proving to be more of a classic box safety.  So to think Husain Abdullah or [Sanders Commings] would be responsible for the back end is a little unnerving for Chiefs fans.  Even at age 35, Ed Reed would likely be an upgrade over them and his experience in a 3-4 system would mesh well.  Throw in Justin Houston and Tamba Hali as pass rushers, and it’s a good spot to land.

Reed would be an interesting thought for the Chiefs if they feel the need to add more depth to their secondary. It is likely no team would be willing to give Reed a starting job at this stage of his career. His body cannot hold up to the 1,000 snaps he used to play year in and year out. But it is not out of the question that Reed could give the Chiefs a solid 300-400 snaps this season in the secondary.

There are some positives to adding Reed should the right situation present itself. Kansas City is getting really young in the secondary between Commings, Phillip Gaines, Marcus Cooper, and potential undrafted free agent making the squad. Having a veteran like Reed who has won two Super Bowl rings and played on some of the NFL’s best defenses could be a nice guy to have around to teach younger players. This would be especially valuable if the Chiefs decide to part ways with Brandon Flowers.

The issue here is Kansas City is getting younger – and consequently faster – by design. Kansas City may choose to error on the side of adding a young unproven player and trust their coaching staff to develop him as opposed to bringing in Reed for one season.

Never the less, Reed is an interesting guy to keep your eye on. Injuries do happen (see: Commings in training camp last year) and the Chiefs may have to sign someone to overcome that loss. There are not a lot of players left out there that would be much better than what Reed could bring to the table.

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  • J_r0kk


  • Josh Michaels

    Def an interesting thought.

  • berttheclock

    YES. Remember, the Chiefs could have picked him up off waivers last November. Although he had played sparingly before being placed on waivers, he had 3 INTs for the Jets down the stretch. Yes, he is 35, but, he could add depth for the Chiefs. If he could still produce for Rex Ryan, he could produce for Sutton.

  • Chris Tarrants

    I would have said hell yes a year ago but after watching Robinson last year, I’m not sure if he has enough juice left or upside to risk having Sutton fall in love with him and keep him on the field if he fails

    • Reggie Flenory

      I totLly agree bro plus we trying to get yunger and faster right now

  • Stacy D. Smith

    If he can be had for a minimal contract, sure.

    • John Walsh

      Not even at a minimal contract. It’s time to teach the players they’ve got how to play their positions. The Chiefs have the talent, now it’s time for Sutton to utilize it correctly.

  • Reggie Flenory

    As a starter hell no we just got rid of daunte robinson we dont need anymore over the hill d backs not even for depth the chiefs are tryimg to get younger and faster not older

  • Kisersosay

    The Mind says Go …..the legs say NO!

  • Lyle Graversen

    People are seduced by the name of a Hall of Fame player, but physically he is DONE. I would literally rather start undrafted Daniel Sorensen than Reed at this point in his career. Ed Reed was once the best coverage safety in the history of the NFL, but those days are long gone.

    • berttheclock

      I am only “seduced” by the fact he had 3 INTs late last season under Rex Ryan. He is at the point where he is a stop gap for injured players and he would only play in short stretches. He is not going to sign with anyone until September at least as he has said he will not go to training camp for anyone. He, also, has said he will only go to a team where he sees a fit. By all means work Sorenson long and hard as the Chiefs really need to develop the “youngins”, even though he is two years older than most rookies as he had a 2 year missionary experience. But, don’t forget, he was an excellent punter in high school in Colton. CA/

    • KCMikeG

      We have been down that road far too many times and other than Montana & Allen – as a combo I’m hard pressed to name big name FA’s that came in at the end of their career and made a big difference/was worth what we paid them.

    • Auburn78

      Yah but we’re not talking about starting. We are taking about providing depth and even better providing knowledge to our young safeties. Guy could teach a lot if he wanted to.

  • Nick the Kick

    I don’t see any downside to giving him a veteran minimum deal. Sutton is a Rex Ryan disciple and no one in the league still playing knows the D better. If he doesn’t have it, you cut him no harm no foul. It’s not like any of the Texans showed out last year.

  • Tyler Alexander

    No thanks…and Berry covers as good or better than most strong safeties that I can think of. Who is a great cover SS?

  • Josh Rose

    I think we should sign him for half the season then pick up Will Hill after Reed gets hurt. Cut him and then make sure Hill and Bowe don’t hang out

  • tmahawk

    Cutt flowers and sign reed to a 1 yr deal

    This is a different topic but the players that play for the chiefs in my opinion none of them want a championship. Hali, flowers. If they did theyed help free up some cap space for their team.

  • sidibeke

    He looks like one of the crew of the Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean in that picture.

  • jimfromkcj

    Reed was a great player, but most forget the constant bitching he made about money. He no longer signed a contract before he was bitching about wanting more money. I wouldn’t want him if he signed for the minimum, cause he would have the club house in turmoil because he wants more money. I wouldn’t want him if he offered to play for free..

  • John Walsh

    Ed Reed and the Chiefs makes almost as much sense as this article, which is none.

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  • allan

    Someone please fire this dip shit named Ben