Another one has flown the coop.
Ed Reed has joined Dannell Ellerbe, Paul Kruger, Anquan Boldin, and Bernard Pollard as members of the 2012 Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl champions who will be playing elsewhere in 2013, signing a two-year deal with the Houston Texans according to multiple reports, including Jason La Canfora of CBS.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece begging Ed to retire.
Instead, he’ll be continuing his career, not as a Baltimore Raven, but as a Houston Texan.
From a football perspective, one can absolutely make the argument that this isn’t a loss for the Ravens, and I would have a hard time disputing it, especially at the rumored $4 million per year that Ed is getting in Houston.
But it’s about more than football with Ed. I wanted him to join Jon Ogden and Ray Lewis as Ravens for life. Unfortunately, that wasn’t in the cards.
Best of luck in Houston, Ed. Unlike pretty much any other player to ever leave the Ravens for another team, I’ll be rooting for you.
If you need me, I’ll be staring out my window as raindrops stream down it, clutching my collection of #20 jerseys.