Rex Ryan ‘absolutely’ would like Ed Reed on Jets

Ed Reed might not be out of work for long.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan revealed Wednesday that he “absolutely” would be interested in adding the future Hall of Fame safety, who was released by the Texans on Tuesday.

“Absolutely yes. I would like him on the team,” Ryan told the New York Daily News, jokingly adding he’d like to sign Ray Lewis, too.

Ryan, of course, coached Reed for several years in Baltimore, and admitted he discussed the potential acquisition with Jets GM John Idzik. Gang Green had until 4 p.m. to submit a waiver claim for Reed.

The deadline came and went, with Reed going unclaimed. He’s now a free agent, eligible to sign with any team.

Reed, 35, is a shell of his former self thanks to injuries and Father Time rearing its ugly head. However, the Jets’ lone defensive weakness is its secondary, as they don’t have a true cover safety on the roster — not with Reed’s background, anyway.

If anything, Reed already knows the playbook and would be good depth and a mentor to the younger players on the roster.

Whether Reed is interested in a Rex reunion is another story, but the fit does make a lot of sense on paper.

Zack Kelberman
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