Rumors are circulating that Ed Reed could possibly join the Indianapolis Colts this off-season. Many are questioning if this is possible.
It indeed is.
Reed has some big time ties to the Colts and their organization, and would be a huge asset for the franchise. He’s a Super Bowl champion, nine-time Pro Bowler, eight-time All-Pro, NFL and AFC Defensive Player of the Year, three-time NFL interception leader, the leader for most interception return yards in NFL history, and owner of a NFL-record nine postseason interceptions.
So why would a player of that magnitude want to come to Indianapolis?
The answer is Chuck Pagano and Reggie Wayne. Pagano coached Reed at the University of Miami and recruited both Reed and Wayne. Both Reed and Wayne hail from New Orleans and are the same age, so their relationship goes all the way back to their high school days.
Reed also played for Pagano for the Baltimore Ravens when the head coach was the Ravens’ defensive coordinator. It would be an easy transition due to Reed already knowing his system and scheme, and he could thrive immediately.
Why not go out with your buddy Wayne and have the best opportunity at winning a Super Bowl to go out on top?
Reed with the Colts makes them so much better. Him and Antoine Bethea would be two very scary safeties, and he would give the Colts something they’ve never had on defense — a ball-hawking defender. Bob Sanders was the closest comparison to that, but Sanders didn’t make as many plays, and was no where near as tall or big as Reed. He didn’t make interceptions or force fumbles the way Reed does.
If the Colts could bring in a very solid cornerback, then they’d have arguably the best secondary in the NFL. How scary would this team be by bringing in Reed and adding depth with Tom Zbikowski coming in for reserve efforts and third downs?