Ed Reed reunited with Rex Ryan

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Safety Ed Reed and the New York Jets reached an agreement Thursday on a contract after the nine-time Pro Bowler cleared waivers Wednesday afternoon following his release by the Houston Texans.

The Jets announced that Reed is expected to practice with the team Thursday.

Reed once played for Jets coach Rex Ryan when Ryan served as a defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens (2002-08). Ryan once called Reed "the best safety that's ever played."

Reed is familiar with Ryan's system, his defensive coordinator (former Ravens assistant Dennis Thurman) and the team's lead safety, Dawan Landry, another ex-Raven.

On Wednesday, Ryan sounded intrigued by Reed's availability, acknowledging that he and general manager John Idzik discussed the player. People close to the situation questioned whether Idzik would sign off on it. Idzik, hired last January to rebuild the team, is operating from a long-term plan.

But the landscape has changed, as the Jets are a surprising 5-4, currently holding the second wild-card position in the AFC.

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