Justin Reid trying to get Houston to sign brother, Eric Reid
Houston Texans safety Justin Reid would like to play with his older brother, fellow safety Eric Reid, and he is pushing the Texans to make it happen.
Eric was released by the Carolina Panthers last month and remains a free agent.
“I mentioned a conversation with OB (head coach/general manager Bill O’Brien),” Justin told Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle. “It’s their job upstairs to make those decisions, so I’ll let them do their job and make whatever decisions they want to make. [O’Brien] loves him as a player. He just came off setting two franchise records, so he’s still in great shape and the prime of his career.”
Eric spent the last couple of years with the Panthers and is coming off of a 2019 campaign in which he played every game and registered 130 tackles, four sacks, a forced fumble, a couple of fumble recoveries and six passes defended.
The 28-year-old, who played his collegiate football at LSU, was originally selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round (18th pick overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.
He spent his first five seasons with the 49ers, making one Pro Bowl.
The Texans are already pretty stocked at the safety position, ranging from Justin himself to Tashaun Gipson to recent addition Eric Murray. But Justin is holding out hope that there is room for his sibling:
“It would be a hell of a room to bring us all together,” Justin said. “Especially with me getting to play with my big bro, that chemistry we would have together. We’ve talked about playing with each other. That’s every brother’s dream — to play with their brother on the same field on the biggest stage of the world. That would be a dream come true for me, and we’ll see what happens.”
Justin entered the NFL in 2018 and has played in all but one game over his first two seasons.