The Houston Texans are releasing safety Ed Reed on Tuesday, a source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The news had been earlier reported by The Houston Chronicle and KRIV-TV.
The 35-year-old Reed, a nine-time Pro Bowler who was the Texans' prize acquisition of the offseason, said Sunday night after Houston's loss to the Arizona Cardinals that the Texans had been outcoached.
The Texans only played him in 12 snaps against the Cardinals on Sunday. After the game, Reed said the Texans were "outplayed and outcoached" in certain situations.
"Eventually they're going to figure out what you're doing if you're doing the same old things," Reed said.
He also admitted a dropoff in his own play. "I'm held to a high standard because of what I've done in the past, but that was the past," Reed said. "I'm a totally different player now. Even when I did go out there, the ball didn't come my way."
Asked Monday about Reed's criticism, interim coach Wade Phillips said: "Everyone has an opinion. I'll keep mine in house."
Reed seemed to acknowledge his release in a tweet on Tuesday.
After signing a three-year, $15 million contract (he collected $5.5 million) with the Texans in March, Reed had surgery to repair a torn labrum. He missed all of the Texans' offseason workouts and spent training camp on the physically unable to perform list.
He made his season debut in Week 3 against his former team, the Baltimore Ravens, in a 30-9 loss. He had just 16 tackles in seven games this season and recently lost his starting job.
Reed had been demoted to being used in just dime situations against the Indianapolis Colts two weeks ago. Reed said it was the first time since his sophomore year of college that he was healthy for a game he did not start. He said he didn't handle the news especially well, but was willing to do what's best for the team.
He spent his first 11 seasons with Baltimore and was the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2004. After winning the Super Bowl with the Ravens last season he signed with the Texans, who were viewed as a possible title contender this season but have stumbled to a 2-7 record.
The Ravens' safety play has been strong this season with the team starting rookie first-round draft pick Matt Elam and veteran James Ihedigbo, who has been one of the bigger surprises on defense this season.
The Cowboys are discussing whether to pursue Reed, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder. The Cowboys worked out veteran Michael Huff, the 7th overall pick in the 2006 draft, who had been cut by the Ravens earlier this season after being added to help replace Reed in Baltimore. Huff is unlikely to signed by Dallas, however, sources told ESPN.com's Todd Archer.
The Cowboys have been playing Barry Church and undrafted Jeff Heath, who was the closest defender on three touchdowns in Dallas' loss last Sunday night against the New Orleans Saints, a game in which the Cowboys allowed an NFL-record 40 first downs and 600 yards -- the second time they've allowed at least that many yards in three weeks.