"Both of us want to get a championship, going to see if we can work some things out," the free-agent safety told reporters Thursday, according to KRIV-TV in Houston. "Conversations have been great, amazing, on the same page of what needs to get done and what we want to do."
The 34-year-old Reed arrived in Houston on Thursday aboard team
owner Bob McNair's private jet and had a full day of meetings. The
team announced on its Twitter site Friday morning that Reed was
back in its offices at Reliant.
"Just classy," Reed said, according to KRIV-TV. "It's that Southern hospitality us Southerners have."
Signing Reed would make up for an otherwise disappointing week for Houston. The Texans cut receiver Kevin Walter, then lost versatile tight end James Casey to Philadelphia and safety Glover Quin to Detroit after the opening of the free-agency signing period.
Reed, 34, played for the Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens. Reed is the Ravens' franchise leader in interceptions with 61, and his 1,541 return yards with those pickoffs is an NFL career record. He was the NFL's top defensive player in 2004 and a nine-time Pro Bowler.
If he signs elsewhere, he'd be the latest veteran to depart the Super Bowl champs. This offseason, the Ravens already have lost seven members from their title-winning team.
Baltimore has released safety Bernard Pollard and guard Bobbie Williams, traded wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers, lost linebackers Dannell Ellerbe [Miami Dolphins] and Paul Kruger [Cleveland Browns] in free agency and watched linebacker Ray Lewis and center Matt Birk retire.
Boldin was asked Thursday on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike in the Morning" whether he was surprised at the Ravens' roster turnover this offseason and answered, "definitely."
Commenting on the Ravens' departures, Boldin said he can't believe the Ravens would let Reed sign elsewhere.
"A guy like Ed Reed, I don't think you can let him go -- he's a Raven legend, the things he's done for that organization, you can't lose a guy like that," he said.
Reed has scored 14 career touchdowns and is the only player in NFL history to score on a punt return, a blocked punt, interception and fumble recovery. He played in all 16 games during the 2012 regular season, recording 58 tackles and a team-high four interceptions. He was one of only two players on the defense, along with cornerback Cary Williams, to start in all 16 games.
Although he's battled hip and neck injuries in recent years, Reed has played in all 16 games in all but three of his 11 seasons. The exceptions were 2005 (10 games), 2009 (12) and 2010 (10).
The Texans are trying to make a major free-agent addition to their secondary for the second time in three years. When the lockout ended in the summer of 2011, Houston signed cornerback Johnathan Joseph and safety Danieal Manning. Houston's pass defense improved from last in 2010 to third in 2011.
The pass defense dipped to 17th last season (225.8 yards per game) and gave up 54 receptions covering at least 20 yards.
Information from ESPN.com AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley and The Associated Press was used in this report.