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Report: Ed Reed at center of Ravens-Texans struggle

The Houston Texans allowed Ed Reed to leave town without a deal Friday. Getting the Pro Bowl safety to come back might be a chore.

CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora reported the Texans will face competition for Reed's services from the Baltimore Ravens at next week's NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix.

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La Canfora said a deal for Reed is likely to come together in Arizona, with top brass from both teams planning to meet with Reed's representatives. The Ravens are expected to make a push to re-sign Reed after the Texans' offer "wasn't substantial enough" to lock down the 34-year-old safety, according to La Canfora.

A report from The Baltimore Sun on Friday stated interest between Reed and the Texans remained "heavy," according to a source, but USA Today reported the Ravens "won't let him walk without a fight."

With Reed's better days behind him, it's clear the Texans didn't blow him away with their offer. That has opened the door for Baltimore to fight for Reed, who certainly would look awkward playing in anything but Ravens purple.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

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