Earlier today future Hall of Famer Ed Reed was released by the Houston Texans, who he signed with in the offseason. Reed was a part of a huge exodus of the 2012 Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, along with guys like Paul Kruger, Danelle Ellerbe, and Anquan Boldin. With the release of Reed happening just over an hour as of this typing I’m already seeing a lot of Ravens fans on the social media sites suggesting that the team bring Reed back. I think Reed should go back to the Ravens; not to play, though, for a one day retirement contract.
Don’t get me wrong I love Reed. If there were a Mount Rushmore of Ravens players he would be on it. Reed will be a first ballot Hall of Famer, there’s no doubt about it, but let’s face facts the dude is toast. Although he’s still probably one of the best cover safeties in the league, he just can’t hit anymore. I know this from watching every Ravens game. In fact Reed had been in decline for the past couple of years. If Reed were to be brought back he wouldn’t start. James Ihedigbo has been playing lights out recently, despite one certain “bonehead play”. Rookie Matt Elam is improving with every game as well.
I know Reed coming back to play for the Ravens would be great for nostalgic reasons, but I just don’t believe he could help this team on the field. I really wish that Reed would have just retired this offseason on top as a champion. I would love Reed to come back to the Ravens some day as a coach perhaps, but as a player there’s nothing left in the tank. Time to ride off into the sunset.
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