Ravens Might Be Better Off Without Ed Reed

Ed Reed is a future Hall of Famer who has a highlight reel full of exciting plays. But after this season, it might be time for the Baltimore Ravens to head in another direction.

On the field, Ed Reed still reads a quarterback better than any safety in the league. But his lingering injuries have made him a liability when it comes to open field tackling and he frequently gambles for the big play which often leaves his corners high and dry.

His inability (or maybe unwillingness) to wrap up the ball carrying leads to fines for helmet to helmet hits and collisions with defensive receivers.

Reed was no where to be found on Peyton Manning’s 51 yard touchdown pass to Eric Decker on Sunday – a scene all to familiar for the Ravens secondary. He was spotted seconds later slamming his helmet on the sideline as the Broncos lined up for the extra point.

Off the field, Reed has done far more damage than good. This year began with him leaning towards retirement, then holding out for a new contract. He revealed an undisclosed injury in an interview (with the director of his foundation) on 105.7 The Fan, which cost the Ravens $20,000 and apparently was at the center of the near mutiny in October.

Along with his snide remarks about Charlie Batch after the Ravens fell to the Steelers, Reed refused to shake hands with the Broncos after Sunday’s game. “I know a bunch of guys over there and I didn’t shake hands today,” Reed told the media after the game. “I was just hurting as a player for mistakes that we made.”

Reed is a free agent in 2013 and I suspect the Ravens won’t bring him back. Sure, it’ll be weird to see him in another uniform and he has played a lot of great games in Baltimore, but is he really worth dealing with at this point?

Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of BaltimoreSportsReport.com and host of the BSR Podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @zamwi or send him an email:zach@baltimoresportsreport.com.

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.


  1. JarJar

    December 18, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Add Ray Lewis to that list. Lets face it he is old and hasn’t played like Ray Lewis in 2 years. Yes he has been hurt both seasons but we need to find a replacment for him not hang our hat on him comming back.

  2. Dude

    December 19, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Agreed, dump Reed. I’ll always admire him for his early days, but he’s been too slow.. That catch over the middle to the tight end, he was 5 – 7 feet away from the ball and couldn’t catch up to it. Ihedigbo had some good hits and with Pollard would create more intimidation in there getting back to the old school Ravens.

  3. spy

    December 19, 2012 at 9:36 am

    It is time to let Ed and Ray go and put some money in the O-line ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Ozzie has yet to bring in quality lineman other than Yanda,,,,,,,,,,,the O-line has kept this team from super bowls year after year , this year it is painfully obvious it is the weakest part of the team , it has been so for several years now,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,it may be time for Ozzie to go as well,,,,,,,,,,,but wait , he will get yet another free pass , please someone tell me why………………….

    • Dude

      December 19, 2012 at 11:30 am

      Agree with the line help needed. Seems like Oz doesn’t want to pay O-linemen a lot of money. Grubbs and Brown were pretty decent and matched with Yanda would have been a good core if the former two were still around. We gave up Brown for Birk… bummer.

  4. Mike

    December 19, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    All of you guys are crazy be careful for what you ask for.

  5. Captain Sprewell

    December 19, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    We asking for about $7 million in cap space to build an offensive line.

  6. The Intimidator

    December 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I think me and the Captain are goina tag up on this BSR. I like his thinking and smartass comments. Kinda like Batman & Robin, Cheech & Chong, Green Hornet & Kato, Mac & Dennis, Captain & Tennile, whoa, not that last one….

    • spy

      December 22, 2012 at 10:07 am

      How about mickey mouse and donald duck……………..

      • The Intimidator

        December 22, 2012 at 11:45 am

        Good one Spy but they weren’t a team… How about Spy & Jim from Dundalk

        • spy

          December 25, 2012 at 9:42 am

          alas my friend,,,,,,,,,,,,,how do you know spy and jim from dundalk are a team as well………………

          • 9inchnails

            December 28, 2012 at 12:55 pm

            I thought Mystery Man and Chow Man were a team since O’malley said it was ok to say I do…..after all they both have the same last name.

  7. WHATTHE...

    December 20, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Brown and Grubbs left cause of coach hardhead,as did several otherplayers.They dont want to play for the guy.Then we peplace them with people like Osmelly,Bobbi Williams, Legs of stone Oher.Then on defence we draft Kindle and Cody who are total busts.3rd rounders at best drafted in the 1st. Oz and hardhead need to hang it up and Biscotti the baker needs to open up his wallet and get coaches and players that have some talent!

  8. The Intimidator

    December 20, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Don’t know about your spelling there “WhatThe” but I agree with your comments… People in Baltimore are beginning to find out that players DO NOT want to play for Harbaugh because he’s an assclown that doesn’t know how to coach. The real players are leaving and now you have Harbaughs guys who basically aren’t really much. Of course you got Harbaughs DogHouse which is another crock-o-shit… Here the Ravens resign McKinnie but he doesn’t play because the GROWN MAN is in an assclowns DogHouse.

    People complain about Billick but if Billick was pissed at you he still played the best guys on gameday and never held a grudge. It was about winning with Billick. With Harbaugh it’s like he wants to be a Kindergarden Teacher.

    The teflon is coming off Harbaugh now. Just wait till next year when it’s completely gone.

  9. spy

    December 22, 2012 at 10:08 am

    I’m still waiting for Harbaugh to ‘coach’em up’……………….