He gave them a shot out of respect, but it appears Ed Reed’s historic run with the Baltimore Ravens has come to an end. The safety who has spent his entire career with the Ravens brought a $4 million offer from the Houston Texans back to Baltimore, but according to reports, the Ravens are “pessimistic” about re-signing him and the future Hall of Famer’s career with the Ravens is “doubtful” for 2014.
#Ravens are very pessimistic about the possibility of keeping FA Ed Reed, I’m told. Belief is he wants $4M per year. Doubtful they do that.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 20, 2013
THe Texans went hard after Reed as soon as he hit the market and have quietly secured one of the best safeties in the game today. It’s crucial for a secondary to have solid talent in the middle, and not only will Reed provide that, but he can provide guidance for his successor as well. In addition to that, Reed brings something that is invaluable to the Texans franchise: playoff success. Houston has the playoff experience of a much older team, but they don’t know what to do when the get there.
Reed can help change that.
His days in Baltimore won’t be washed over, as he’s one of the greatest players the franchise has ever seen. But it does appear that his time there is done, but his football future still has about $4 million worth of life left.