After spending 1½ days in Houston, free safety Ed Reed returned to Atlanta, where he resides in the offseason, without a contract with the Texans.

Reed, an 11-year veteran and former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, arrived Thursday morning in owner Bob McNair’s private jet — accompanied by general manager Rick Smith and two financial advisers Brad Davis and Brad Schwartz.

Reed, Davis and Schwartz departed Friday afternoon on United.

Three people with intimate knowledge of the negotiations between the Texans and agent David Dunn said to not read anything into Reed leaving town without a deal. They said the Texans were aware of a previous engagement Reed had to attend.

Negotiations will continue over the weekend and should heat up Monday at the NFL spring meetings in Phoenix. Dunn and Smith will attend the meetings.

The Baltimore Sun reported the Texans are offering about $5 million a year and not the $6 million-to-$7 million average that Reed is seeking.

Reed, who turns 35 in September, grew up in New Orleans and spends a lot of time in Houston during the offseason, according to Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, a close friend.

Johnson and Reed were teammates at the University of Miami, and Johnson told an interesting story about Reed during an appearance at the Health Museum on Friday.

After Reed helped Baltimore defeat San Francisco in the Super Bowl last month, Johnson called the free safety to congratulate him on the victory.