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Texans GM Rick Smith flying to pick up free agent safety Ed Reed

The Houston Texans will meet with free agent safety Ed Reed on Thursday.

The team says on its Twitter site that general manager Rick Smith is flying to pick up Reed in the private jet owned by team chairman and CEO Bob McNair.

Signing Reed would make up for an otherwise disappointing week for Houston. The Texans cut receiver Kevin Walter, then lost versatile tight end James Casey to Philadelphia and safety Glover Quin to Detroit after the opening of the free agency signing period.

Outside linebacker Connor Barwin, cornerback Brice McCain and linebacker Tim Dobbins were among Houston's other key unrestricted free agents.

The 34-year-old Reed played for the Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens. He's a nine-time Pro Bowl star and hasn't missed a game since 2010. Reed is the Ravens' franchise leader in interceptions (61).