Ed Reed a risk worth taking for Texans

Ed Reed is a risk-taker who’s a risk the Houston Texans are willing to take.

The 34-year-old safety, who played the first 11 years of his career for Baltimore, is set to join the Texans, filling the spot left open when Glover Quin signed a free-agent deal with Detroit.

Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle says it’ll be a two-year deal, not the three-year, $12 million pact the sides had previously been discussing.

Reed will be the team’s first outside addition since free agency opened March 12.

In joining a team that won 12 games in 2012 and went two rounds into the playoffs for a second consecutive season, Reed can provide swagger for a defense that faded down the stretch.

While the unit will be built around J.J. Watt for the foreseeable future, Reed will give the team a second player who has won defensive player of the year honors. Reed has 61 career interceptions and he typically makes them count -- his 1,541 interception-return yards are the most for a player in league history.

Like Houston receiver Andre Johnson, Reed played collegiately at Miami.

Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has often used a three-safety package. With Reed replacing Quin, the Texans should still look to upgrade the position. None of their other three safeties has proved up to the job, and they can do better than Shiloh Keo and Eddie Pleasant. Quintin Demps is a free agent.

The 2013 draft class is rated as strong at safety, and Houston can select a guy who should play this fall and could be an eventual successor to Reed.