The Houston Texans have decided to cut Ed Reed, the beloved Ravens' former AFC Defensive Player of the Year and 9-time Pro Bowler.
Speculation has already begun that Reed, who signed a 3-year, $15 million contract in Houston after leaving Baltimore last season, could be headed to New England, where head coach Bill Belichick has always been a big Reed fan.
Although the Ravens recently cut veteran safety Michael Huff, signed to replace Reed in the off-season, there isn't much talk, yet, about Reed returning to Baltimore. The defense, of course, hasn't been the problem this season.
"The Houston Texans are releasing safety Ed Reed on Tuesday, a source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The news had been earlier reported by The Houston Chronicle and KRIV-TV.
Reed, who was the Texans' prize acquisition of the offseason, said Sunday night after Houston's loss to the Arizona Cardinals that the Texans had been outcoached.
Asked Monday about Reed's criticism, interim coach Wade Phillips said: "Everyone has an opinion. I'll keep mine in house."
Reed seemed to acknowledge his release in a tweet on Tuesday.
Thanks to the Texans! And the City of Htown!
— Ed Reed (@TwentyER) November 12, 2013"