The Ravens are looking to add another name to their Ring of Honor for 2015. For the past four years, the Ravens have added a player into their Ring of Honor with now eight members being part of this illustrious club.
Dick Cass mentioned recently to Jeff Zrebic at the Baltimore Sun during the owners meetings:
“Ed Reed will be in our Ring of Honor, obviously. He’s going to be in the Hall of Fame. The question is, he hasn’t officially retired yet. I don’t know if he’s going to officially retire this year or not. I would love to get him in to our Ring of Honor this year. It’s our 20th season.”
Reed’s 11 years in Baltimore were historic as he set a franchise record with 61 career regular-season interceptions. Earning nine Pro Bowl bids, Defensive Player of the Year in 2004, and considered to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, he is destined to be a member of the Ring of Honor.
However, Reed has been mentioning that he has been working out and preparing for a potential comeback. Reed hasn’t played in a game since 2013, but the Ravens have to be careful as to not commit if he will remain an active player.
It may be better for the Ravens to take a step back and allow some time to distance between Reed and the team. Inducting players every year takes away some of the shine of the accomplishment. The Ravens obviously have had many successful players over the past decade and recognition is due. However, rushing these awards should be held off until the players have been retired for five years just like the NFL Hall of Fame.