John Harbaugh’s Optimism Doesn’t Mean Ed Reed Will Return to Baltimore Ravens

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Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is optimistic that Ed Reed will re-sign with the team this offseason. However, do not take that as a guarantee the safety will suit up for the Ravens this year.

Harbaugh can be as confident as he wants that his close friend will join forces with him once again in a quest for a second consecutive Super Bowl title. The fact is that Baltimore does not plan on giving the 34-year-old $6-7 million per season. However, considering no other team in the NFL is willing to give that kind of money to Reed either, Harbaugh can remain hopeful for now.

“On the hopeful scale I’d say it’s of high hope,” Harbaugh told ESPN.com. “It’s high on the measuring stick. We’ll just have to see how it works out.”

Reed recently took a meeting with the Houston Texans in which looked to be a done deal. Unfortunately, the Texans reportedly offered him $4 million per season. Reed and his team believe he is worth more than this, which means he will hold out for a better contract.

If the greener pastures turn out to be all dried up by the time free agency ends, then I have to imagine Reed will take whatever deal Baltimore offers him. Of course, this will most likely be around the same contract Houston already put on the table.

As for now, it appears the Ravens have as good a chance as any to sign Reed considering he is nowhere near inking a deal with anyone. The fact that Harbaugh continues to be in contact with the future Hall of Famer via text message certainly bodes well for Baltimore’s chances.

The 12-year veteran posted 58 tackles with four interceptions, 16 passes deflected and a career-high three fumble recoveries in 16 games last season.

Michael Terrill is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelTerrill, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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