It’s one of those things you hate to see in sports – legendary players leaving their career-long teams. It happened this past week when Ed Reed decided to move on from the Baltimore Ravens and sign with the Houston Texans.
It was a decision that was no doubt extremely tough for Reed, but ultimately, it was the right one. If ever there was a time for him to move one, it was now. Reed realized this, and decided to start a new, and likely final, chapter in his storied career.
After seeing the defense he’s played on his entire career basically get taken to the cleaners, the time was right to move on. If you see your team displaying Marlin-like behavior, it’s time to get out of town.
One thing is clear, winning another championship is very important to Ed Reed. He, or anybody else for that matter, can’t possibly see the Ravens competing for another title in 2013. There are just too many holes on defense, and too many quality players that have either retired, or left town. Playing for the Texans gives Reed a much better chance of once again hoisting the Lombardi trophy before he hangs up his cleats.
In the end, it wasn’t all about money, as Reed took less dough to suit up in Houston. Still, he got a three-year deal worth $15 million.
In a final gesture towards Raven’s fans, Reed took out an add in a local paper, thanking the city for everything. I guess that’s the new thing to do, but regardless, it’s not a bad thing. Ravens’ fans have to understand why Reed is leaving, and they shouldn’t hold a grudge. I don’t anticipate any bad blood, because it was just simply time to move on.
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