Tom Brady reached out and texted Ed Reed to persuade the Pro Bowl safety to join the New England Patriots before he signed for their divisional rivals, according to CBS Sports.
The former-Baltimore Raven was released by the Houston Texans after just seven games, but he was quickly snapped up by the New York Jets.
But the report claims Brady was among the first to text Reed to sound out his interest in joining New England.
Jets coach Rex Ryan also texted the veteran safety, and the Super Bowl winner was flown in for a visit with the organisation after clearing the waiver wire.
So it seems the Patriots executives were not as keen on Reed as their superstar quarterback.
Reed passed a medical with the Jets after talks with general manager John Idzik, and made his debut in the 37-14 loss to divisional rivals Buffalo Bills on Sunday evening.
Reed spent ten years in Baltimore with the Ravens, and was widely regarded to be one of the best safeties in the NFL.
His production dipped with the Texans but the nine-time Pro Bowler is looking to get back to his best in the Big Apple.
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