Legendary safety Ed Reed must remain a New York Jet

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Reed could help steer the Jets’ secondary.

After drafting 12 players over three days, it remains evident that the New York Jets must offer a contract to free agent safety Ed Reed.

Wasting the efforts of a standout front seven, the Jets’ secondary was unsteady and yielded roughly 4,000 yards in the air last autumn.

To strengthen that weak unit, general manager John Idzik acquired badass Calvin Pryor and cornerback Dex McDougle.

Pryor is an utter menace and, provided his shoulder is healed, McDougle could mature into a solid cover man.

Regardless, for the price of a Vernon Gholston jersey, Reed and Rex Ryan should reunite in East Rutherford.

Shortly after inking a three-year deal worth $15 million to become a Texan, the 36-year-old Reed blindsided Houston and underwent minor hip surgery in March 2013 to repair a small labral tear.

The Texans ultimately released Reed eight months later following seven unproductive games as an employee in “Space City.”

On November 14, Reed became a Jet for essentially the veteran minimum.

Although slowing, graying and gimpy, Reed bolstered Gang Green’s defense and improved the squad’s overall psyche.

An eight-time All-Pro selection that was voted a member of the 2000s NFL All-Decade Team, Reed finished with 22 tackles, 4 passes defended, and 3 interceptions in seven contests as a Jet.

Reed can still produce on the gridiron and the future Hall of Famer would be an ideal mentor for Pryor, McDougle, Dee Milliner and Kyle Wilson.

As the Seattle Seahawks proved in the winter, defense still wins championships and the importance of safeties can’t be understated.

No longer grounded by the league’s 29th ranked offense, the Jets could qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

To better their chances for takeoff this autumn, John Idzik should call Ed Reed tonight.

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