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Ed Reed signs three-year contract with Houston Texans

Ed Reed and the Houston Texans signed a three-year contract with a maximum value of $15 million, the team announced Friday.

"To say that we have added a player that can impact the game is an understatement. I am truly thankful," Texans general manager Rick Smith said. "It is truly a great day for our franchise."'s Albert Breer cited a source involved in negotiations in adding that the contract will pay Reed $6 million the first year.

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John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported earlier that Reed arrived at the Houston airport late Thursday to sign the contract Friday morning.

Reed told Breer on Wednesday that he was leaving the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, with whom he's played for his entire 11-year NFL career, to sign with the Texans.

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair told's Ian Rapoport on Wednesday that Reed will help fill a need for the last season's AFC South champs.

"We play all of the top quarterbacks in the league, and we needed a free safety back there that had some outstanding ball skills," McNair said.

Reed became a priority for the Texans after the Detroit Lions signed former Houston safety Glover Quin.

Reed leads all active players with 61 career interceptions. He joins Paul Kruger, Cary Williams, Bernard Pollard, Dannell Ellerbe and the retired Ray Lewis as key members of the Ravens defense who won't return to Baltimore in 2013.

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