Why Do The Ravens Want Ed Reed Back?
Apparently Ed Reed was hoping to make $6-7 million next season — which, if we’re being honest, is insane. The Houston Texans, who flew him in on the owner’s jet last week, offered just a pinch more than $4 million.
If the market doesn’t find Reed as valuable as he does (and they won’t), there’s a possibility he could be back in Baltimore and finish his career with the Ravens. It’s fitting that Hall of Famers Jonathan Ogden, Ray Lewis and potentially Ed Reed would start and end their careers in Charm City.
John Harbaugh hasn’t been shy about his interest in keeping Reed. The Ravens head coach told the Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec that he’s “very hopeful” Reed will return.
After the Ravens decided to cut ties with Bernard Pollard, I’m left wondering why they’re so interested in keeping Reed. Harbaugh has assured fans that the decision to show Pollard the door was based solely on salary cap restrictions, but many have speculated, including Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, that Pollard wore out his welcome in the locker room.
As one league source said in response to the news, “Three teams in how many years. Soon four. What does that tell you?”
Another source says that Pollard has a reputation for being outspoken, for complaining, and for drawing too much attention to himself. He wears on a team, with his talent keeping him around for a second year or third year.
If that’s truly the case, you have to think that Reed won’t be back for the same reasons. His role in the locker room mutiny was apparently just as strong as Pollard’s.
Reed has complained about being disrespected by the front office, he told reporters before the Super Bowl that he “could definitely play for Bill Belichick”, he cost the Ravens 20 grand for chatting about an undisclosed injury in a radio interview with the president of his foundation, he questioned Joe Flacco‘s play last postseason and made snide remarks about an opposing quarterback after a loss.
Not to mention the fact that Reed really doesn’t offer much on the field anymore. His hip injuries have made him a liability when it comes to tackling and his big-play gambling often leaves the Ravens’ corners out to dry.
So with all that said, why would John Harbaugh and the Ravens want Ed Reed back?
Maybe they don’t. Perhaps Harbaugh is telling the media what he thinks the fans want to hear (not this one, but most). If I were calling the shots, I’d let Reed continue to shop around and let him take a $4 million deal somewhere else.