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Dear John,

Please consider bringing Ed Reed back to the Baltimore Ravens. Clearly, he is not what he once was as a player. However, his ability to get players lined up would be a huge boost to a very young secondary and defense.

I’m not suggesting that Ed assume a starting role over Matt Elam and James Ihedigbo, quite the opposite. I think Reed’s presence during the practice week and in the film room and on the sidelines during games would provide a valuable resource for the young players. Furthermore, I believe the Houston Texans have the onus for Ed’s salary, so the cost would be relatively minimal for the Ravens.

I know that it is mostly me being a fan and Ed Reed being one of my all-time favorite players. You just can’t coach experience and in my opinion Ed’s experience would be a huge asset as the Ravens try to make a push for another playoff berth.

Plus, it would be really nice for Ed to legitimately retire as a Baltimore Raven.

Sincerely,

Paul

Should the Ravens re-sign Ed Reed now that he's been released by the Texans?
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Paul (aka WickedSolo) has been an avid football fan since he was a little kid. As former player himself (through college only...turning pro and having million dollar contracts and fame just sounded too overwhelming...or he's just a 5'11" 200lb guy who was only good enough to play D-3 ball...but who's counting...) he has a ton of experience in the locker room, on the field, and in the film room during the off-season and the regular season. While serving in the US Navy on active duty he had the opportunity to check out the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama and caught the attention of a few Ravens' scouts (not too hard to spot the only guy in Mobile wearing camo fatigues with a purple Ed Reed jersey) and they were kind enough to point out some of the things they look for when scouting players. From that point on, Paul was hooked on the draft and everything leading up to it. He regularly contributes draft-based analytical pieces on the RSR forum and is constantly providing Ravens fans with collegiate players to check out. Paul is a Charm City native through and through and after being Honorably discharged from the Navy lives with his wife Ashly and son Jack. Jack is less than a year old, but is in the process of training to play for the Ravens in 2033. More from Paul Lukoskie
39 comments
HollywoodHeiz
HollywoodHeiz

He will be back this year. December 22, the Hoodie loves him. Just look at the Trainwreck that is the Houston Texans this year. Ed Reed wasn’t going to be the straw that stirs that mess. However ( unfortunately) the ( must I say) Patriots will find a way to squeeze one last drop out of this old, slow, injured warrior. I just hope he dosent WAG Flacco on December 22.

Keymar
Keymar

Not now, but if this are still off track in December, bring him before the Patriots game.

Ravcolt
Ravcolt

As of this writing, 77% of those who voted on Ed Reed's possibly being re-signed by the Ravens are nincompoops. But that's OK because I rarely get the opportunity to use the term.

Hut Guy
Hut Guy

LEADERSHIP !! LEADERSHIP !! LEADERSHIP !! REEEEEEEEEEEED PLEASE COME HOME !!

John
John

If it was the Philadelphia Eagles that had just released Ed Reed, Harbs would jump on it in a minute.

CrabbyPatty
CrabbyPatty

Yeah but Brynden Trawick is young, and fast and has plenty of room to grow, as Reed can only regress from the point he's at now. Bringing Reed back would pretty much be a waste of a roster spot. He had his chance to retire as a Raven, and he took the money instead. Ravens don't need him.

Joshua
Joshua

I've always thought Ed should have ridden off into the sunlight with his boy, Ray. Those two would have entered Canton together, five years after retiring as champions. Ed is his own man, no question, but he made a brutal mistake in not hanging them up after the Super Bowl.

DarthSizzle55
DarthSizzle55

I say hire him as our new run coordinator. Couldn't hurt. lol.

JT
JT

Bring him back, but only as a nickel. He could play the same role that Prime did years ago. Sage veteran able to add perspective and game prep to the yunguns.. (heck Webby is the elder statesman now). Even with 2 bionic hips, he's certainly more feared than Corey Graham as a nickel and would only help to restore communication in the secondary. And its not like we cut him.. we just weren't willing to pay big bucks to keep him. Plus on a selfish note, I just want to hear "Reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed" one more time in the M&T as he intercepts and almost foolishly laterals the ball as he runs for a TD

paulie
paulie

One day c9ontract so he can 'retire as a Raven' - otherwise no way Jose!

John
John

The mutiny did Ed in with Harbs, he won`t be coming back.

Tony Lombardi
Tony Lombardi

Unless Ed learned to play center or has suddenly morphed into the next coming of Adrian Peterson during his absence, we can bring him back next year before the Steelers game and have him retire as a Raven and induct him into the ROH in a nice romantic ceremony. Oh and let's not forget that the Ravens secondary played its best game of the season HANDS DOWN on Sunday.

Lawrence
Lawrence

As a coach he would not have the same impact on some of the players that someone in the lockerroom would have..... He is and will never be the 1000% player he was but, the leadership he could return to the team...... It could be that missing link!!!!!!!!!

Ricky D
Ricky D

Im not sure that would.go over 2 well with most people. Ed goes over 2 houston collects a 6 million dollar paycheck to do pretty much nothing, then comes back to baltimore after resting and getting relatively healthy with houston paying the bulk of his salary. I personally would love 2 see it but people would scream foul

Voice of Reason
Voice of Reason

This question is too easy. NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Matt
Matt

This article pretty much sums up the decline of RSR.

Morgan
Morgan

As a coach not a player. Yes I love Reed but there is a time when we have to stop and look at what a player is and not what he used to be. I agree we need a motivator someone to fire us up like Ray did. Bring Reed back as a coach.

BRING BACK E REED .COM
BRING BACK E REED .COM

JUST RELEASED MICHAEL HUFF!! WHO HAD A PICK IN SUPER BOWL? 2 ZERO E REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED!!! I CAN TELL YOU 1 THING IF #20 WAS PLAYING SUNDAY THE GAME WOULDNT HAVE WENT TO O.T!!!

Fran the Fan
Fran the Fan

I was waiting for this one. As a coach, not a player. Unfortunately, I don't think he'll do it even though he's made maximum dollars already in Houston. Acccording to PFT, the Bleacher Report, and NFL.com, Ed's already pocketed $2 mil from the signing bonus and a significant portion of his 1st year's salary, rumored to be about 6 mil. It would be too painful to see him on the field at this point....

Eric
Eric

Reed can only 'direct traffic' while on the field. And there are no players I would pull off the field to allow Ed to do such.

Joe
Joe

Since Ed was complaining about being benched in Houston, why would being brought in here to sit on the sidelines be likely to make him happy??? Do we want him sounding off in the locker room if we go through a rough patch at the end of the year? Let him finish up his football career, then bring him back to retire and tell him if he ever wants a coaching job, he has it.

George
George

As a coach not player.

Joshua
Joshua

As a coach? Sure. As a player? No, thanks.

Voice of Reason
Voice of Reason

Agreed. People, stop living in the past. Look at his production THIS YEAR. As far as being a coach is concerned, that remains to be seen. A lot of players don't want to coach because of the dedication, long, long hours and preparation it takes to make it in this league. Plus Ed Reed would have to learn to keep his mouth shut about coaching mistakes. That was the reason, or final straw why he was released in Houston, according to John McClain, a Houston writer. You don't ever hear a Ravens player say that we were "out coached" unless it comes from Harbaugh himself. So many of these comments sound "dreamy" like Ed Reed was 25 years old and in his prime. All Ed was looking for this year was to sucker some team into signing him for big money and Houston was dumb enough to do it.

Paul Lukoskie
Paul Lukoskie

Trawick has also bounced back and forth from the PS the past two years. I agree that Trawick has more upside at this point, but he can't even begin to offer the experience and advice that Reed could.

That one guy.
That one guy.

This is true Tony. I think the premise is that Ed Reed can offer some of the things that Ray Lewis commented on earlier in the season, e.g. not having a strong leadership presence on the field. The defense is leaps and bounds better than the offense, but imagine all of the knowledge that Ed Reed could impart to a young Matt Elam?

John P
John P

Much forgotten is that Ed doesn't want to be a backup. What do you think precipitated his comments anyway? Love REEEEEEEEEEEEED.... But would rather see them hire him as a secondary coach than a safety! If only he'd have retired in NO....

catnap1013
catnap1013

Totally agree with you, Lawrence. Since Ray is gone (and he was not 100% either) his presence is missed, it shows, there really isn't a leader which makes Harbs' job even harder. I think he could be the missing link.

CrabbyPatty
CrabbyPatty

Yeah only because Reed would still be trying to get all the way to the end zone, taking a break or two to breathe lol. Plus Ihedigbo is the strong safety anyway so Reed wouldn't have replaced him on Sunday. He would replace Elam. Same outcome.

John
John

Agreed about not going to overtime.

Chuck
Chuck

What you said! his knowledge is unrivaled.

MsGina
MsGina

Yes, as a coach for sure;

John
John

Ed is still better than Brian Trawick who barely is noticeable on special teams.

Tyler
Tyler

I agree. We shouldn't waste a roster spot on Ed Reed. But surely he could be brought in as a "secondary coordinator" or some other made up term. But I doubt it, considering he likes to voice his opinion. We know how Harbaugh feels about opinions.

Joshua
Joshua

Nonsense. Harbaugh gauges his players for their opinions, like he did last season after the Houston debacle.

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