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Ed Reed to join Bills staff as assistant defensive backs coach

Ed Reed, one of the greatest safeties in the modern era of the NFL, will join the Buffalo Bills staff as assistant defensive backs coach, the team announced Wednesday night.

Reed reunites with Bills head coach Rex Ryan. Reed played for Ryan when he was defensive coordinator in Baltimore and briefly with the New York Jets as well.

“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 Ryan in a news release.

During his playing career Reed was a nine-time Pro Bowler. His 64 interceptions in his 12-year career rank sixth all-time in NFL history.

Browns pick Jackson

Hue Jackson was hired as head coach of the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday.

“He embodies all the qualities that will provide strong leadership for our football team,” Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said in a statement.

Jackson, 50, was offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals the past two seasons and served as head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2011, when he went 8-8.

“What a tremendous honor and privilege to be the head coach of the Cleveland Browns and a part of the Dawg Pound,” Jackson said.

Jackson backed out of his scheduled interview with the New York Giants when Haslam called him Wednesday morning and offered him the job. Jackson was supposed to fly to New York and meet with the Giants on Thursday morning.

Jackson previously talked to the San Francisco 49ers about their vacancy.

Jackson becomes the Browns’ eighth coach since 1999 and sixth since 2008. He replaces Mike Pettine, who was fired on Jan. 3 after going 10-22 in his two seasons.

The hiring of Jackson likely means the end of Johnny Manziel in Cleveland.

According to an ESPN source, Jackson indicated in discussions with the Browns that he would prefer the organization move on from Manziel if he were to become coach, and he was told that would not be a problem.