Nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed has put to pen paper on a deal with the New York Jets today, quickly finding a new team following his release by the Houston Texans earlier this week.

Reed is available to make his Jets debut against the Buffalo Bills this weekend, as his new side look to press home claims for a wildcard spot by emerging victorious from a clash between rivals in the AFC South.

The 35-year-old brings considerable experience to New York despite lasting just eight months in Houston, with a Super Bowl ring earned last season as part of a fearsome Baltimore Ravens defence.

Jets coach Rex Ryan will hope Reed can bring added steel to a defensive line that has struggled for consistency this season, making just five interceptions in nine matches.

2004's NFL Defensive Player of the Year is expected to practise with his new team mates for the first time later today, after the Texans opted to cut short a three-year contract worth $15m.

Reed picked up a guaranteed $5m sum after being placed on the waiver list, bringing a league-high 1,541 return yards to MetLife Stadium.

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