Bad things happen in threes, so what’s next?


They saying goes, “bad things happen in threes.”

Much to the dismay of many in the Ravens fan base, the team has already made two very unpopular moves within 24 hours. The moves are causing many to question the possibility of the Super Bowl champions pulling a repeat performance even before the the league year officially begins this afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

On Monday, the Ravens traded wide receiver (and fan favorite) Anquan Boldin to San Francisco in exchange for a 6th-round pick. Now the team has resigned special teams contributor according David Reed, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. Reed quickly fell out of favor with the fan base after fumbling multiple times in an embarrassing 2012 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

With general manager Ozzie Newsome already making two moves that have promopted fans to question the direction of the team, most fans have to be asking what’s next?

Well, it’s appearing the Ravens roster is only big enough for one Reed (not Jah Reid) and future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed could be playing football in a new city by week’s end.

Reed appeared on 105.7 The Fan’s late night show The Glenn Younes Show and informed the host that he has indeed hired an agent and will be testing the free agent market as it begins Tuesday. David Dunn from Athletes First will be representing the iconic safety.

Discussions in regards to Reed’s contract and desired extension with the Ravens have been difficult as he was not represented by an agent for the past few seasons. Agents serve a purpose as players often let their pride and emotions get the best of them when it comes to contract discussions. Often, a player will be told by a team how great he is, that is until they step into a board room with the team and they point out every flaw in attempts to drive the asking price down.

With Dunn as his agent, Reed will likely field offers from teams such as the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts. Reed responded during his Super Bowl media session at the end of January saying ”I could definitely play for coach Belichick.” Reed then followed his initial statement by saying, “he is a great coach. I’m sure he can help me to expand my football knowledge even more as a player and as a coach, so if I’m ever able to be around him, just like I was at the Pro Bowl, it’s huge.”

If Reed and the Ravens aren’t able to reach terms on a new deal, the frontrunners to land his services have to be Chuck Pagano and the Indianapolis Colts. Pagano originally had recruited Reed during high school to play at the University of Miami and the two have had a tremendous relationship since.

Luckily for Ravens fans, the departure of Boldin has allowed the team an additional $6 million of cap space. With more money in their pockets, the chances of resigning one of the top linebackers on the market in Dannell Ellerbe – before he “hits the streets” at 4 PM today –  just got better.

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6 Raves on “Bad things happen in threes, so what’s next?

  1. rick garrett on said:

    really??? let the playmaker go and keep d. reed who fumbles everytime he touches the ball…. seen better hands on a clock!! what r they thinking????

  2. Josh on said:

    I don’t know if I would lump in the re-signing of David Reed in this idea. Sure, he has had immaturity and injury issues but the guy is a solid special teams contributor and actually saw the field in some five receiver sets after Caldwell took over as offensive coordinator. He left Utah as the school’s all-time leading receiver, and when you draft a player like that he eventually has to get his chance. I am not saying he will turn into a 40-catch wideout for us next year, but he needs to be given an opportunity. Let’s see what he can do.

  3. mark in connecticut on said:

    I dont get it. The defense will not be good again….Ellerbe has injury issues. Kruger gone. Other defensive players….GONE! Before the Boldin deal, I would have let all of them go before I let Boldin go. We have to rebuild the defense anyway. We would do that through the draft. We could win like we did this past season with our offense.
    Boldin is only 32. Boldin should be on the roster. There was your replacement leader for Ray Lewis. Leaders come in many forms. This is what we should have done.

    The plan was not to get to the Super Bowl for the upcoming season anyway. Boldin can’t be replaced. Last year’s defense can be. All of the free agents we have lost in the past, where past there prime. Boldin is still a strong receiver who gave more than just catching the ball. This time, like loosing Trent Dilfer, we will pay for not knowing when to be loyal.

    Heck, I would have let Ed Reed go too because even he can’t save that defense by being there….. We gave the 49ers a gift….If they were not going the win the Super Bowl…they definitely have it wrapped up. Look for Ed Reed to go there too…..I just lost a heartbeat.

    • spy on said:

      You don’t have to worry about Ellerbe , he’s now gone,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,more to follow , word is they are leaving to play for a different head coach as soon as they get the chance , and get paid also,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I hope Suggs and Gnata are happy , they are one of the reasons these guys can’t get paid here , they better show up next year because they will be the defense,,,,,,,,,,,,,,good luck guys , you may be rich but you will never win on this team again,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  4. mark on said:

    Calm down raven fans, the world is not ending. We lost boldin a heartfelt lost for sure, but we will replace his production with a N E patriot philosophy of two tight ends. Pitta / Dickson will give us timely chain moving catches. Ray Rice catching out of the backfield will increase. Jacoby Jones is a play maker. Torrey Smith will move into the #1 receiver spot. OC Caldwell has a feel for the ebb and flow of a offensive game. And last but not least we have the great and powerful OZ. The ravens have including compensatory picks on draft day some 14 picks. Ozzie isn’t going to bring in to camp 14 rookies. We will move up in the draft and secure high end replacements to bring joy to all of baltimore. In Ozzie we trust

  5. John on said:

    Lets all face it the Superbowl win was worth this, but the Ravens will suck for the next two years , no question about it, so get ready for some sad time in old Baltimore come Sept.

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