Ed Reed's impact on the Texans

Ed Reed will bring veteran experience and leadership to the Houston Texans. Harry E. Walker/MCT via Getty Images

Less than two months after earning his first Super Bowl ring, veteran safety Ed Reed will reportedly leave the only team he has played for during his illustrious 11-year career and join another AFC heavyweight, the Houston Texans.

The Texans have been looking to fill the void created when safety Glover Quin signed with the Detroit Lions earlier in the free-agency period, and no team courted Reed more proactively.

The move can be examined in the context of how Reed -- seven years older than Quin -- physically compares to Quin at this point in his career, but that would be ignoring the intangible values that Reed brings from a leadership and communication standpoint.

While Reed may not match Quin's athletic ability these days, the veteran safety makes the Texans a better football team and will help keep Houston among the AFC's elite.