Originally Posted by CloakNNNdagger
You're right, we don't play NE until December 1. Though the important questions that we have no solid answers to now are:
1) Will he ever recover to the performance level that was expected when he was signed?
2) Will he re-injure his hip?
3) Will he suffer a new injury?
You may say that there is plenty of time for "recovery." But, the season is too long and there are too many important and tough games along the way between the beginning of the season and the playoffs to feel too "secure" with our new acquisition. Hopeful maybe........secure no.
I think it comes down to the same thing it always does in the NFL (and life)...Risk/Reward ratio. In this situation there is an above "average" risk we will get substandard or no production from our FA safety. However there is a significant chance that we get a handful of game changing plays that can make the difference between being a superbowl champ or a 1 and done team. The cost of this is $5 million. Certainly we could have spent that money on a lower risk/lower reward proposition. But those guys can get hurt and be out for the season too. IMO, the Texans knew exactly what they were doing/getting. It remains to be seen if it will pay off or not. I think part of the reason there is excitement about Ed Reed is this represents a 180 degree change from what everyone expected Rick Smith to do based upon prior history, which would have dictated that he get another guy like Manning.