Patriots interested in recently-released Reed?

Patriots interested in recently-released Reed?
November 12, 2013, 3:15 pm
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There was a certain amount of drum-pounding in the offseason for the Patriots to make a move -- ANY MOVE -- and one of those recommended was signing Ed Reed.
 
When the Patriots attempts were tepid and Reed ultimately signed with the Texans, it was viewed by more than a few as an offseason Bill Belichick failure. The Patriots cheaping out. Again. (Remember, they didn't trade for Anquan Boldin or give Wes Welker his $16 million over two years.)
 
As of Tuesday, Reed is out in Houston.
 
The 35-year-old safety played seven games, missing the first two and all of training camp with a bad hip. Sunday, he took aim at the Houston coaching staff after the Texans latest loss and is now being shown the door, according to John McClain at the Houston Chronicle. Reed tweeted a goodbye to Texans fans Tuesday afternoon.
 
The Texans guaranteed Reed $5 million when they signed him back in March to a three-year, $15 million deal.
 
Long a favorite of Belichick, Reed will now pass through waivers since the trading deadline has passed.
 
With free safety Steve Gregory currently dealing with a bad thumb, Reed could be had for the balance of his 2013 salary - $412,000 plus $62,500 per game. The Patriots, with their 7-2 record, are well down the waiver priority list but the rich asking price for a Reed rental means New England would have a shot at Reed if it chose to put a claim in on him.
 
The likelihood, however, is that no team will claim Reed and teams will then try to sign him at a reduced rate.
 
The Patriots have $4.189 million in available cap room. Which is more than the $1.5 million that the 2-7 Texans have right now.