NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Sports

November 14, 2013

Belichick declines comment on interest in Ed Reed

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Bill Belichick isn’t saying whether he would be interested in bringing released Houston Texans safety Ed Reed to New England.

“I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to comment on players who aren’t on our team,” the Patriots coach said on a conference call with reporters yesterday, a day after Reed was put on waivers by the Texans.

But Belichick didn’t hesitate to fawn over Reed when he was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection with the Baltimore Ravens, calling him in 2007 an “awesome” player and “one of the best football players in the league.” New England quarterback Tom Brady once said the coach wanted to adopt Reed and rename him “Ed Belichick.”

Reed spent the first 11 years of his career in Baltimore before signing a three-year, $15 million free agent contract with Houston last offseason. He missed the first two games after hip surgery and then was relegated to a backup role with the Texans, causing him to lash out at interim coach Wade Phillips, who is filling in for Gary Kubiak while he recovers from a mini-stroke.

Reed, who was the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 and led the league in interceptions three times, had just 16 tackles with Houston.

Asked about evaluating a player who becomes available midseason, Belichick said teams usually have an inkling that it might happen.

“Most of the time you have a little bit of a lead-in on that if you’re paying attention to things that are going on,” he said. “There’s a lot of players that could be available out there, but if it’s a situation where you have a need at a certain position or it’s a fit, then you’re more interested and more apt to do something. ... But it’s more sometimes about timing than it is about the player.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints

NDN Video
How Will Wiggins Deal Impact Potential Love Trade? Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Dareus fails conditioning test, Watkins lifts spirits Clay Travis On Mettenberger Punch & "Dumbest Fanbase" - @TheBuzzeronFOX Bowlsby talks cheating in NCAA Kluwe: How can Tony Dungy advocate felons, not Michael Sam SNC Minute: Phils lose; Lee set to return Eagles less than a week away from training camp Could Cliff Lee's health affect trade value? McCarthy and Stairs break down the Phillies' loss 105-year-old woman throws first pitch McIlroy wins British Open, Tiger finishes 69th Astros, Aiken fail to reach deal Could Rousey beat Mayweather? Can the Panthers replace Steve Smith? Will Bengals sign Dalton to long-term deal? Offseason Report: Biggest Question Marks in the AFC West Ole Miss facing increased expectations Derek Jeter Respect Ad Delivers Larry’s Notebook: Is Jimmie Johnson Behind the Curve?
Special Features