After saying repeatedly that he wanted to remain with the Ravens, Ed Reed found more money and more interest elsewhere.
Reed, one of the Ravens’ defensive standouts for over a decade and one of the most accomplished safeties in NFL history, has agreed to terms with the Houston Texans, according to a league source.

The agreement, first reported by, finalizes an aggressive recruiting pitch by the Texans to acquire the 34-year-old.

A Raven for 11 seasons, Reed is the sixth key defensive player to exit Baltimore following the Super Bowl and the seventh starter overall.

His departure and the release of Bernard Pollard leave the Ravens without their two starting safeties from last season. They did re-sign veteran James Ihedigbo but the other safeties on the Ravens’ roster are Omar Brown, Anthony Levine, Emanuel Cook and Christian Thompson. None of the four were on the team’s active roster for the entire season.

Reed departs the only NFL organization that he has ever known less than two months after his crowning moment as a player: the Ravens’ 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. That his first Super Bowl victory came in New Orleans, less than a half hour from where he grew up in Louisiana, only added to the moment for Reed.