The Pittsburgh Steelers will not have to face safety Ed Reed in 2013 unless they play the Houston Texans in the playoffs as the longtime Baltimore Ravens defensive back is on the verge of signing a two-year deal to end his career in Houston.
Reed told Albert Breer of the NFL Network on Wednesday, that while nothing was official, “unless something changes,” he would be signing with the Texans.
After 11 seasons with the Ravens, the future Hall of Famer, who has 61 career interceptions, will become yet another Baltimore defensive player to leave via free agency this off-season. The Ravens have already lost outside linebacker Paul Kruger, inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and cornerback Cary Williams on the defensive side of the football since the free agency signing period began over a week ago.
In addition the those players, wide receiver Anquan Boldin was traded by the Ravens to the San Francisco 49ers and safety Bernard Pollard was released. If that weren\'t enough, inside linebacker Ray Lewis and center Matt Birk have both announced that they are now retired.
Reed had 6 regular season career interceptions against the Steelers during his time in Baltimore. He was drafted by the Ravens out of Miami in the first round of the 2002 draft and finally won his first Super Bowl this past February against the 49ers.