Nov 24, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Jets safety Ed Reed (22) looks at the scoreboard during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at M

New York Jets' Stay or Go Series: Ed Reed Edition

It is time for another edition of the “Stay or Go” series, where you, the fans, weigh in, and tell us whether the player should stay or go. In case you missed them, so far we have covered Calvin Pace, and Nick Folk.

Now, we are going to move ahead with another player that isn’t guaranteed a roster spot, Ed Reed:

REASONS TO STAY: In this league, there is no substitute for experience, and Ed Reed has experience.  I mean, what hasn’t he seen in this league?  Probably nothing.  Ed Reed has seen it all and done it all, and brings that experience with him to the New York Jets.  Not just league experience either, experience in Rex’s defense, which can benefit all of the  younger players.

It is no coincidence that Dee Milliner improved his play when Ed Reed arrived.  The word was that he shadowed Reed every day, and it rubbed off on him.  His development accelerated.  For that reason alone, it might be worth keeping him around.

During his time in New York, Ed did post three interceptions as well.  He did take some bad angles on some plays, but we know he isn’t 25 anymore.  He did add something to the team, and I don’t believe he is finished.  Ed Reed could benefit this football team as a backup player, lending his experience to Antonio Allen and company.

REASONS TO GO: Just as there is no substitute for experience, there is no substitute for game reps either.  We all know how loyal Rex Ryan is to the players that he trusts, and he trusts Ed Reed.  He took away snaps from Antonio Allen last season, much to the chagrin of the Jets’ fan base.  Despite excellent play from Allen this season, Reed took a knife to Antonio Allen’s snaps.

Is a part-time player worth keeping around, at Ed Reed’s age?

All right, there’s the case either way.  Vote below, and sound off in the comments:

What should be the fate of Ed Reed in 2014?

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  • Paul Newbold

    I’ve said it before, Reed and the Jets would benefit more by offering him an assistant job, then sign him to a roster spot. Reed knows the Rex system, and can obviously teach, per Allen’s development. The Jets get a good assistant with ties to Ryan, they save a roster spot and likely some $$. Reed gets to get out of the game with respect (nothing worse then players playing past their time), he gets to work with Rex, and he can avoid any injuries going forward. Just the way I see it…Reed should go,

    • Alan Schechter

      I remembered you felt that way. I think it was our discussion on Ed Reed that prompted me to use him next. I will be curious to see how the vote turns out.

  • JayM

    I say take a shot see what Reed has in the second year after his hip surgery. It usually takes player a full year to really recuperate. Revis was not the same and he said so after his surgery.

    • Alan Schechter

      Not an unfair take either. Thanks for coming by, hope you voted in the poll.