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Ed Reed agrees to deal with Jets

11.14.13 at 11:36 am ET

The Jets announced Thursday that they have agreed to a deal with free agent safety Ed Reed and indicated he is expected to practice with the team Thursday afternoon.

There had been conflicting reports about the level of interest from the Patriots, with ESPN’s Chris Mortensen tweeting Thursday morning that New England was not an option.

Bill Belichick has long been an admirer of the longtime Ravens standout. Reed signed a three-year deal with the Texans this past offseason but was released this week after losing playing time and criticizing his coaches.

Jets coach Rex Ryan has familiarity with Reed, having coached him when Ryan served as Baltimore’s defensive coordinator in the 2000s.

Ryan on Wednesday discussed Reed in his press conference and said “absolutely, yes,” he would like to see Reed on his team.

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