Rex Ryan told the media on Wednesday that he and John Idzik had a discussion about Ed Reed, who was released by the Texans.
Ryan wouldn’t say if the Jets put in a waiver claim for Reed, but said “I would like him on the team.”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comWhile Ryan said that, Jim Harbaugh had a different perspective in his press conference today. Harbaugh said he liked his options with Matt Elam and James Ihedigbo and going back to Reed wasn’t of interest.
Reed is someone who knows Ryan’s defense and would bring veteran leadership to the team. Dawan Landry has a great deal of respect for Reed. We think Reed would be a good cultural fit for the team. As far as play? Reed might not be able to come in and be a starter for the Jets, but he could act as a spot-start when necessary and would be best suited in the Jets “Big Nickel” package. Planet Irsay is also thinking about Reed, but maybe in some different packages than how the Jets might use him …
Yeesh. Jim Irsay looks to be getting his money’s worth.
What it comes down to is price. Reed’s contract is complex, but my understanding is that the Jets would have to pay out a maximum of $849,264 over the rest of the season based on his salary and per-game roster bonuses. The Jets have some room, but over $800K for half a season for a backup might be more than John Idzik is willing to stomach.
Ryan clearly would like Reed on the team, but putting in a waiver claim might have been a move that former GM Mike Tannenbaum would have done on behalf of Ryan — but not necessarily Idzik. If Reed comes to this team, it will be because he passes waivers at 4PM Eastern today and then the Jets sign him to a new deal, free and clear of his old deal with the Texans.