Much was made earlier this week about free agent safety Ed Reed possibly signing with New England Patriots, and while he is in the twilight of his career, he is still among the top-five safeties in the NFL. Reed currently does not have an agent, so talks are still at a standstill. But don’t let his play over the last two years in terms of interceptions fool you.
On NFL AM on Monday, Ed Reed indicated that he would like play two or three more years. If that is the case, the Ravens should be able to make it work.
Though he recorded just one interception during the postseason, he has been a staple in the secondary, playing arguably the best football of his career. According to NFL.com, the Baltimore Ravens defense did not allow a pass of over 40 yards this past postseason — going up against the likes of Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. He still has it folks.
When people look at Reed nowadays, they seem to think he’s not the same player he once was in terms of injuries and the ability to make tackles. But the fact of the matter is, Reed has never been a combine guy, and he has never been the fastest, biggest or hardest hitter. But what he has been is the smartest.
Not many players in the history of the league can say they would be able to bait Peyton Manning. Reed can.
Not many players in the history of the league can say Tom Brady has their name on this wristband. Reed can.
While Reed is entering the December of his career, make no mistake that his December is better than others’ January.
The Ravens have made the claim over the years that they are not in the window making business. The window is always open. With Ed Reed still lurking in the defensive backfield, the window would be open for sure. Building and looking for another safety in the draft is something the Ravens can do, but it will not equal Reed.
You still have Hall of Fame quarterbacks saying beware of Reed. And anytime you have that, what more can you say?