By Eric Schmidt

Houston Texans Beat Writer John McClain tweets this afternoon the the Texans have released veteran safety Ed Reed this afternoon. Reed joined the Houston club this past offseason after signing a 3-year deal worth $15 million with $6 million guaranteed. His base salary for 2013 was $3 million dollars.

Reed struggled to get on the field this season while dealing with a hip injury and did not start the season until week 3 for the Texans. In seven games, Reed recorded just 16 total tackles and was a non-factor for the slumping Houston defense. This could be the first of many moves the franchise makes in the coming weeks and months after such a disappointing season.

The veteran safety had already been demoted and his comments after the Texans loss to the Arizona Cardinals didn’t help matters. He was a costly experiment for the Texans this season, and it remains to be seen if another team will roll the dice with the broken down veteran.

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