The Houston Texans have cut nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed after just nine games of the 2013 season.
Reed joined the AFC South franchise in 2013, making the move to Texas as a free agent after a decade of success with the Baltimore Ravens.
Whilst Reed only won one Super Bowl – in his final year with the team – he formed one of the most feared defences in the NFL alongside Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata.
However, he’d struggled to help the Texans become a legitimate divisional contender this season, and has subsequently been released.
Reed goes on the waiver list, but picks up $5million in the process after appearing just seven times for the team, according to reports.
And, questions are already being asked about whether this is the end of the road for the 35-year-old, who is a near certainty to make it into the Hall of Fame at some stage when his career ends.
Reed would certainly add invaluable experience to a side looking to make a run to the play-offs in their remaining fixtures, but given his failure at Relliant Stadium, his signature would represent a gamble.
He had lost his place in the Texans side to Shiloh Keo, and publicly criticised the coaching following their 27-24 defeat to the Arizona Cardinals.