But Reed called Houston “a perfect fit,” and already knows the Texans well from their three meetings with Baltimore since October 2011. He sees the Texans now where the Ravens used to be.
Baltimore lost to Pittsburgh in the 2008 AFC championship, then lost in the divisional playoffs in 2009 and ‘10. The Ravens lost to the Patriots in the 2011 AFC championship before their breakthrough last season.
Reed is hoping to be the last piece Houston needs.
“I’ve watched these guys so many times,” Reed said. “I’ve played against them, I know what this team has, I know what this organization has. I know what I’m coming into, as far as the mentality. There’s a goal that’s been set, from top to bottom. I come in just for that, I come in to play championship football.”
The Texans needed to nab Reed after absorbing other significant losses in free agency. Tight end James Casey and outside linebacker Connor Barwin signed with Philadelphia, and safety Glover Quin signed with Detroit after starting every game for Houston in the past three seasons.
Texans owner Bob McNair said Houston’s secondary needed more veteran leadership, particularly in big games. Last season, Houston won 13 games, but was badly beaten by Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay and twice by Tom Brady and New England, the second time in the playoffs.
Baltimore and Reed, meanwhile, beat the Patriots in the AFC championship, their third win in the last five meetings. McNair acknowledged that the Ravens’ success against New England was part of the appeal of luring Reed.
“It was quite clear that Baltimore was able to play the Patriots and they were very effective,” McNair said. “I think their center fielder had a lot to do with that. The quarterback (Brady) has commented that the first thing he’d do when he got up to the line, he’d look for No. 20 and he wanted to know where he was. Ed studies it so well, understands it so well, that it reaches a point where he could sort of think like the other quarterback.”