By Carlos Jones: The Houston Texans are reportedly cutting 35-year-old safety Ed Reed from the team, according to USA Today. They signed the veteran free agent Reed to a 3-year, $14.875 million contract in the off season thinking that he could help shore up the secondary, as he had been a Pro Bowl player for the Baltimore Ravens for many years in his 11 seasons with them before they opted not to re-sign him after they captured the Super Bowl last season with a win over the San Francisco 49ers.
Instead of a getting a Pro Bowl type of player, Reed has had injury problems that has hurt his effectiveness with the team and limited his playing time. Reed instead ended up largely as a backup player for the Texans, and it hasn’t helped him that the team has been terrible this season in winning only 2 of 7 games.
Reed recently made a controversial comment in questioning the coaching in the team’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals, saying “[the Texans] Were outplayed and out-coached.” Texans head coach Gary Kubiak has been out after suffering stroke-like symptoms in the Texans game against the Kansas City Chiefs two weeks ago.
San Francisco 49ers to cut WR Kyle Williams
The San Francisco 49ers are expected to release wide receiver Kyle Williams today, according to csnbayara.com. Williams has caught only 12 passes for 113 yards this season, and it looks like the Niners need room on the roster for Michael Crabtree, their number #1 receiver from a year ago. Williams has had problems in fumbling recently in a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars this season.
Despite being demoted from his job as a punt and kick returner recently, Williams was still seeing action at wide receiver. However, with the Niners adding Mario Manningham back on the active roster at wide receiver, it cut into the amount of playing time that Williams saw.
You can hardly blame Williams for his lack of receptions this season. If you watch the Niners games, Williams has frequently gotten open on almost every play, yet the Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick has rarely looked his way this season to throw him the ball. Kaepernick has mainly looked at tight end Vernon Davis and wide receiver Anquan Boldin, leaving Williams to be little more than a decoy on every pass down. Williams might have the best speed of the wide receivers on the team and the best open field running ability, but Kaepernick rarely opted to throw the ball in his direction.