Houston Texans may not be able to afford Eric Reid as talks are underway

Free agent safety Eric Reid, who should be pursued by the Houston Texans (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
Free agent safety Eric Reid, who should be pursued by the Houston Texans (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans have been in talks with free agent safety Eric Reid, with his brother Justin being a strong advocate. Can the team afford him? Look.

We thought that the Houston Texans were just about done with their free agency pursuits but it’s quite possible that they still are trying to land the big fish out there to help this team hopefully be a contender for a title, whether it’s for the division, which is not enough or the Super Bowl which is what they should be aiming for.

The Houston Texans have inked deals with Bradley Roby, Ka’imi Fairbairn, Bryan Anger, Brandon Dunn as the headliners to the 2020 offseason and while they’re preparing for the draft, they’re trying to land multi-year contracts for quarterback Deshaun Watson and left tackle Laremy Tunsil.

There’s a lot of work to do but they’ll have plenty of time to get things done, especially with the offseason training schedule being possibly disrupted as the globe fights a serious pandemic that has put sports as we know it on pause.

I know we all miss our sports right now but it’s important that this is a battle that we all win by doing our part to remain socially distant to prevent community spread of this deadly malady.

But in the meantime, the NFL offseason of transactions will continue as scheduled and there’s an interesting one that could happen involving a prominent name that could be on this team.

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle is reporting that Justin Reid, brother of veteran safety Eric Reid, is strongly advocating for Bill O’Brien to sign Eric, who is a free agent after two seasons with the Carolina Panthers.

Wilson also reported via Justin that O’Brien was positive about Eric and “loves him as a player.”

This is an intriguing development but it’s tough to tell if the team has the resources with about $20 million left in cap space to bring him into the fold.

Reid, 28, is still in his prime and could command a fair and equitable contract that the Houston Texans may be out-bidded on.

These stories are great to hear, especially the opportunity to see two talented defensive backs play alongside each other but I just don’t see this happening even though I’m sure the team will entertain some sort of a discussion about this.

Adding Eric would provide an immediate upgrade to the secondary to the point that I’d pity any

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quarterback to try to throw against any of the guys they already have on board.  They’ll be fierce, feared and revered against their competition if they can find a way to land him.

The problem is that they threw a bunch of money at safety Eric Murray, signing him to a three-year, $18 million deal with $10.75 million guaranteed so that money could have gone to Reid.

We just better hope that Murray pans out because Reid is the type of guy you snag now if you’re ready to win now.

Outside of his talents, Reid is certainly known for being a strong advocate of civil rights and is one of Colin Kaepernick‘s biggest supporters in ensuring their message for justice and equality for all is communicated with a sense of respect.

I understand that wholeheartedly and he’d make a great leader for this team but we’ll have to keep an eye on this development.

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Reid accumulated 130 tackles — 97 solos — along with 4.0 sacks, seven tackles-for-loss, five quarterback hits, six passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble through all 16 games last season.

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