With a brand new contract for quarterback Joe Flacco scratched off of their to-do list, the Baltimore Ravens must turn their attention to other areas of need. One lingering question mark is the safety spot as free agency looms in the near future for veteran Ed Reed.
“I haven’t spoken to anyone,” Reed said on NFL AM. “Hopefully that call comes soon.
Despite the Ravens’ seeming lack of urgency in putting together a new deal for Reed, you have to believe that the front office isn’t completely satisfied with letting the 34-year-old walk without at least tabling some sort of offer.
One thing is for sure, though: Reed has no intention of playing anywhere else in 2013.
“I’m a Raven. I plan on being a Raven. I couldn’t see me anywhere else right now,” Reed responded when asked about a possible connection to the New England Patriots. “If it happens, I’m a football player. I can adapt to any situation.”
While Reed is expected to command a significant salary as retirement nears, don’t be surprised to see him take a hometown discount in order to stay with the team that made him the future Hall of Famer he is today. That is, if the Ravens even have any intentions of offering him a new deal.
With Flacco now out of the way, the Ravens could be focusing their attention on inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who is also an impending free agent. Considering that Baltimore will be without defensive leader Ray Lewis moving forward, bringing back Ellerbe has been considered a priority for the Ravens for quite some time.
The Ravens need a presence like Reed in their locker room moving forward, especially with Lewis headed for retirement. The veteran safety proved he still has some playmaking left in him throughout the 2012 campaign, so re-signing him seems like a logical move.
Unfortunately, the NFL is a business and an old product is inferior to a new one. At this point, Reed is going to have to lower his financial expectations if he hopes to stay with the Ravens in 2013.