Ravens Fans Overreact To Ed Reed’s Likely Departure

Knowshon Moreno hurdles Ed ReedOver at RussellStreetReport.com, my pal Derek Arnold wrote a great open letter to Ed Reed, who he admits is his favorite Raven, and asked that Reed just retire.

Rather than a full closet of Ravens jerseys, I only have three – a home #20, an away #20, and a black #5. As a matter of superstition, I wear whatever color the team is wearing that game; since they only wear black once or twice a year, I spend the majority of game days with the name “Reed” on my back.

Arnold wrote that you have to take the good with the bad with Ed and cited his laterals and gambling as examples. Personally, it’s Reeds off-the-field comments that have led to my souring of him. Telling reporters before the Super Bowl that he “could definitely play for Bill Belickick”, getting the team fined for commenting on a non-disclosed injury, being at the center of a near mutiny in the Ravens locker room in October, the snide remarks about opposing quarterbacks after a loss, the constant will he/won’t he retire during the offseason. I could go on and on.

I respect the hell out of Ed Reed’s talent and it still brought a smile to my face to see him come up with a pick in the Super Bowl. But I don’t think he’ll be back in Baltimore next season and I’m totally cool with it. Whether John Harbaugh decides he isn’t a fan of having Reed’s personality in the locker room or Reed decides he wants more cash in a tight financial situation in Baltimore, I just don’t see Charm City being a fit for him next season.

Some fans are having a more difficult time accepting it however.

Arnold’s article was shared on Facebook to the nearly 30,000 fans that follow Ravens247 and the reaction was insane. Here are a few of my favorites.

WTF…?????????? If this site keeps promoting this crap about Ed….They will have one less member.

All I ask is that the writer of tho blog…JUMP IN THE CLOSES LARGE BODY OF WATER…you are SENSATIONALIST aka yellow journalism. Stop all B.S…where I come from only woman gossip. Ed Reed will be a Raven. He will lose more by leaving Baltimore City. At worst…it’s next man-up to play like a Raven.

Your bloggers don’t speak for Ravens Nation. We want Ed Reed back for as many years as he wants to come back. It’s not time for him to retire, or go elsewhere.

Let’s not just cast off the now, longest tenured Raven, because, um, I’m not sure why exactly. Do we not honor our legends? It would be as a travesty to see Reed leave Baltimore, a city where we draft hall of fame defenders, and have them for their entire career,

Ogden was a lifetime Raven. Ray was a lifetime Raven. Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs, and Haloti Ngata will all retire here too.

fake ass Ravens fan! Go join the steelers fan club always appreciate haters such as yourself!

Moron!!! We love you, Ed, and don’t listen to mindless claptrap!!

Holy crap people. Chill out. I’m amazed by the loyalty to a guy who’s continue to do things detrimental to the Ravens. Even if you have turned a blind eye to Reed’s character, the Ravens can’t afford to overpay him to ride out what’s left of his career in Baltimore. The NFL doesn’t work that way.

Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of BaltimoreSportsReport.com and host of the BSR Podcast. He's a loyal Orioles, Ravens and Capitals fan who is obsessed with baseball, loves traveling, In-N-Out Burger and Walt Disney World.

13 Comments

  1. larry

    February 20, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    his character , where do you bloggers ( and I use that derisively ) get off with this mess , sports writers are the new yellow tabloid journalist , anything to get attention , anything . Pathetic

  2. BirdlandSteve

    February 20, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Sooooo this is an article about an article and the Facebook comments of random idiot fans? Interesting.

  3. Nick F

    February 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    This is one reason I hate the salary cap. You eventually have to let fan favorites go and there’s not much you can do about it. If you’re going to be paying Flacco $18 – $20 mil, there’s going to be some fallout. Honestly, he isn’t what he used to be anyway. I remember one game during the season where the he missed a tackle and the guy calling the game said, “Ed Reed missing a tackle, now there’s something you don’t see very often.” I just laughed and thought, “then you must not see Ravens games very often.”

  4. MGW

    February 20, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    You “Ed Reed Fanboys” seemingly put your man love for Reed above the team. You guys do remember this, right?

    http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-04-05/sports/bal-ed-reed-continues-to-keep-the-offseason-interesting-20120405_1_ed-reed-ravens-offseason-miami-s-hall

    The Ravens – your team, right?- “disrespecting” him to the tune of $6.5 million this year.

    You do know they didn’t give him a raise, right? He played for that “disrespectful” salary on the contract “he” signed.

    The guy is a certified goof. Not only does he have a debilitating neck injury he would require a “respectful” contract that would further strap a team hurting for salary cap space.

    This isn’t personal, fanboys, it’s about fielding a competitive team. Do some research on the cap and look and see where the Ravens are…it’s not pretty.

    Or just keep staring dreamy eyed at your Reeeeeeed! poster while “your team” tries to figure out how to sign your franchise quarterback, your left tackle, your up and coming linebacker, your pass rushing end, your best receiver…

    Yea, let’s hold onto Reed. Great idea!

  5. MGW

    February 20, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Gee, I was wrong, that disrespectful contract was for 7.2 million.

    We should all be so disrespected.

    The guy is a selfish head case.

  6. Chow S

    February 20, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    MGW, this rike Chow and spy. Spy say Chow idiot, but Chow ruv spy anyway. Chow rike Ed Lead…..,he numma one joe.

    • spy

      February 21, 2013 at 9:36 am

      You need to practice hari-kari some more , the last try did not work,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I thought it did because you were gone for a while , very peaceful , evidently you recovered , peace is gone , now try the same for you once again……………….

      • Chow S

        February 21, 2013 at 5:01 pm

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        What a feeling. YOU CAN LEALLY HAVE IT ALL
        What a feeling. PICTULES COME ALIVE WHEN I CALL
        I can have it all I CAN LEALLY HAVE IT ALL
        Have it all PICTULES COME ALIVE WHEN I CALL

        chow no can wait.

  7. Ravens2488

    February 20, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    It’s funny, but the guy who is impersonating Chow is not very good… Chow very rarely talks sports on here… Plus, I wouldn’t let Chow know who you are… Have you seen the picture of him? The guy looks like a beast! He has that stealy eyed stare in that picture he used to post on here. Your playing a game that Chow is going to make you lose…

    Now, on to Ed Reed… MGW, you do know Reed is a Hall of Famer, correct? You do know he’s one of the Top 3 guys at his position in the history of the NFL? Yeah, I agree he’s a clown and gambles on defense but the guy is flat out unbelievable! Is he great now? No, he has lost a little just like everyone does but he now plays more with his head than with physical skills. Reed is still better than 3/4 of the players at his position. Do I think the Ravens should pay him top dollar? No. Do I think Reed should accept lower money and stay here? Yes. He does that then I see a statue of him outside M&T Stadium next to Lewis.

    Yes, I think they need to sign Flacco, Ellerbie and Kruger first but the Ravens and Reed need to be smart when his negotiations come up. I personally would hate to see Reed go. Call me sentimental also because I would like to see him as a career Raven.

    Ravens do need to renegotiate Ngata’s, Webb’s, Sugg’s, Boldin’s and Rice’s (Who I agree with you was a bad signing at the time but remember, the Ravens also gave Cundiff a bad contract) contracts. Pierce came on like wildfire this past year, even outshining Rice at times so that contract makes no sense.

    • MGW

      February 21, 2013 at 7:24 am

      2488, Reed is like the abusive spouse and you guys are hanging on because you love him.

      The guy shows up at a press conference before the Super Bowl in a sweatshirt with the sleeves cut off and talks about how he’d love to play for the Patriots and Bill Belicheck. Before the biggest game in his career, he’s campaigning for a job in New England?!?

      He talks about being “disrepected” by your team with a $7 million contract in his pocket.

      You guys are so blind I can’t stand it.

      • spy

        February 21, 2013 at 9:40 am

        Agree with both MGW and Ravens 2488,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I’m still waiting for Chowman to make a comment that has merrit like the two ondividuals I just mentioned,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,It is time for Reed to go , he made his contribution and enjoyed it and thank him for it but now it’s time to move on………………….

  8. Dude

    February 21, 2013 at 9:50 am

    ultimately, i think reed was a 9.5 cap hit, but were merely talking bs numbers at this point. i’m a die hard fan and have loved the impact he has made over the past years. i would also love to see him retire as a raven, which he still can do if he went somewhere else for a year or two cause thats all it will be when he does being 34.

    seriously though, he spews a ton of nonsense and it seems to get worse and worse every year. i really don’t think the stuff he threw out there this year – playing for belicheck, being disrespected, moderator of team mutiny, talking about how he needs to be paid – will help him stay a raven. his play on the field has declined as well and at times i was a bit more excited when ihedigbo came out to play.

    i say dump him and i think the ravens are on that line as well. they’ll probably offer him a 4 – 5 million contract and if he doesn’t bite then negotiations will close. what we may see is a changing of the guard with the defense by the ravens dumping salary, veterans and getting younger and cheaper.

    http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/baltimore-ravens/ed-reed/

  9. Billy G

    February 21, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Ed Reed is a hard core personality. Just like the city of Baltimore. His legacy stays with us. We figure out a way some how. We love you Reed and the memories you have given.