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Ed Reed reportedly leaving Ravens for Texans

March 21, 2013|By Houston Mitchell
  • Ed Reed is the only player in NFL history to score on a punt return, blocked punt, interception and fumble recovery.
Ed Reed is the only player in NFL history to score on a punt return, blocked… (Gene J. Puskar / Associated…)

Free-agent safety Ed Reed is on the verge of signing with the Houston Texans, according to the NFL network.

“I'm signing with Houston unless something changes,” Reed told the network.

Reed has played for the Baltimore Ravens for 11 seasons and is the franchise leader in interceptions with 61. He helped lead them to last season's Super Bowl title.

Last week, Reed flew to Houston aboard owner Bob McNair's private jet and Reed spent two days meeting with coaches and management, but left town without agreeing to a deal. Speculation was that he wanted to give the Ravens a chance to re-sign him.

The Ravens have lost several high-profile players in the wake of their Super Bowl victory.

They traded receiver Anquan Boldin to San Francisco for a sixth-round pick, linebacker Ray Lewis retired and joined ESPN, linebacker Paul Kruger signed with Cleveland and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe signed with Miami. Baltimore also released safety Bernard Pollard.

Reed is the only player in NFL history to score on a punt return, a blocked punt, interception and fumble recovery.

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