ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – The Buffalo Bills today announced that Ed Reed has agreed in principle to join the Bills coaching staff as the team’s assistant defensive backs coach.

“Ed Reed is going to be such a great asset to our team. First off, having spent time with Ed in Baltimore and then in New York—I can attest to the incredibly high level of professionalism he is going to bring with him to Buffalo. All of the things he’s done throughout his entire playing career, such as how he studies film, preparing throughout the week for game days, and things like that, he will impress upon our players,” said Head Coach Rex Ryan. “Obviously, he’s played in this system at a MVP-caliber level and he’s a real student of the game. I think he’s going to be a phenomenal coach and I truly believe our players are going to love learning from him.”

Reed joins the Bills after concluding his long and distinguished playing career in 2013. A 12-year NFL veteran, Reed finished his career regarded as one of the best players to ever play the safety position.

A nine-time Pro Bowler, Reed earned first-team All-Pro honors five times (2004, 2006-08, 2010) and was the Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2004. In addition to his individual plaudits, Reed played a key role in the Baltimore Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII championship.

Reed’s 64 career interceptions rank as the sixth-most in NFL history and his 1,590 interception return yards stands as the most all-time. In addition, Reed accumulated 699 total tackles, six sacks, 154 passes defensed, 12 forced fumbles and 10 fumble recoveries.

Reed reunites with Ryan on his coaching staff after spending the first seven years of his career playing under Ryan in Baltimore. Reed also played the final seven games of his NFL career under Ryan with the New York Jets in 2013.


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