If there's one solace that Bengals fans can take with the team's inactive free agency period, it's in the losses that their AFC North rival teams have suffered. Because of a lack of salary cap room, the Ravens have particularly been hit hard and lost a number of their big-time players. Future Hall of Famer Ed Reed looks like he'll be the next to leave.
This week, Reed met with the Texans officials in Houston to talk about him landing there. It just seems as if the time for him to leave Baltimore hasn't quite arrived yet. According to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, Reed left Houston without a contract. It does appear that talks will continue between the two parties though.
Wilson's sources tell him that Reed is looking for a contract that will net him $6 to $7 million per year. Dashon Goldson set the standard earlier in the week with a contract that pays him about $8 million per year, courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It will be interesting to see if Reed will get something in that neighborhood after all, given his age.
He doesn't seem to be in a hurry to sign with the Texans, but negotiations are ongoing.