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Ed Reed says Patriots, Dolphins contacted him

Free safety signed with Jets Aaron Wilson

Print This November 15, 2013, 09:37 AM EST

Newly-acquired New York Jets safety Ed Reed signed a one-year contract, but not before the former Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens player said he was contacted by the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins.

“I don’t think either one of them wanted me in their conference,” Reed told New York reporters.

There have been reports out of New England saying that wasn't the case, but what matters now is how Reed plays for the Jets after a disappointing stint with the Texans since he signed a three-year, $15 million contract. He was cut after recording 16 tackles, no interceptions, no pass deflections and no forced fumbles this season, and criticizing the Texans' coaching staff.

“I don’t think I’d be here if they didn’t think that,” Reed said when asked if he can still play.. “I know what I know. I know what I feel and I know what I put into my offseason workout.”

“When you critique me, you’ve got to critique everybody. But it seems that Ed Reed is held to a higher standard – and I created that monster. I’ve been blessed to create that monster. I love it. I’m all for it.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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