(Gail Burton / AP) (Gail Burton / AP)

From the moment he was released Wednesday, it seemed most likely that Ed Reed would land with an Eastern team — if, at 35, he landed anywhere.

Today, the safety is expected to be on the field for practice after signing with the New York Jets. Reed, who has battled injuries this season, will be reunited with Rex Ryan, the Jets’ coach who was his defensive coordinator from 2000-08 in Baltimore.

On Wednesday, Ryan didn’t deny being interested in Reed. “I could say absolutely, yes, I’d like him on our team,” Ryan said.

He tried to play that down a bit by saying the decision was not his alone.

“The big picture of right now, the current football team, I’m probably not the right guy to make all those decisions,” Ryan said. “I think sometimes there’s a comfort level in knowing guys, without question, guys that certainly played well for you. … I’d like those guys, without question.”

The Jets would have appeared to have nosed out AFC East rival New England for Reed. CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora reported Wednesday that the Patriots were in play for his services. Coach Bill Belichick has long expressed — with uncharacteristic loquacity — his admiration for the safety.