One of the biggest free agent name son the market is Ed Reed, the safety who has made his name as a hitman for the Baltimore Ravens but know finds himself looking for a new home. Reed visited the Houston Texans on Friday but left without a contract, meaning the safety is still without a team. He however may still have a contract offer, and Reed is apparently giving the Ravens a chance to match that offer as Baltimore is now reportedly “getting involved in talks” with Reed about a possible return.
Ravens not sitting idly by. They’re getting involved in talks with Reed. Much as they’ve lost guys, they won’t let him walk w/o a fight.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 15, 2013
The main reason for Reed’s exit in Baltimore is money — something the Ravens don’t have a lot of. After signing Joe Flacco to a monster deal, it was well known that the Ravens were choosing their quarterback over other players with expiring contracts, one of whom was Ed Reed. But now that Reed has tested free agent waters and has gathered a good idea of what he can get from another team, he’s returning to Baltimore to see if they’d be willing to match whatever contract the Texans may or may not have offered him.
Reed has spent his entire 11-year NFL career with the Ravens and would be the senior leader of the defense should he return. With Ray Lewis retiring, many thought Reed would follow him out the door but it appears as though Reed has enough left in the tank to not only play another year but get paid by another team to do so.
His loyalty to Baltimore is clear in that he’s bringing an offer back to them and is giving them a chance to match it. But respect and budget are two different things and while the two sides have a mutual respect for one another, Reed might still not be in the budget for Baltimore.