Once the Baltimore Ravens signed quarterback Joe Flacco to a historic contract extension, the reigning Super Bowl champions attention has been directed to locking up other players before free agency with safety Ed Reed potentially a high priority. Reed said the following about his pending free agency via Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com as of March 4:
"I haven't spoken to anyone. Hopefully that call comes soon," Reed said.
"I'm a Raven. I plan on being a Raven. I couldn't see me anywhere else right now," Reed said. "If it happens, I'm a football player. I can adapt to any situation."
Obviously, Reed's heart remains in Baltimore with the veteran having no intention of playing elsewhere unless forced to do so in free agency. Although there's been no clear indication whether or not the team will re-sign Reed, it'd be safe to say that the Ravens are currently working on an offer for perennial Pro Bowler with the team locking up Flacco recently.
If the Ravens ultimately let Reed walk in free agency, the veteran has been linked to the New England Patriots. Reed respects head coach Bill Belichick and the feeling is reportedly mutual.
It seems to be somewhat of a stretch to see Reed sign with a rival, but the Patriots will be ready to accept him with open arms in order to upgrade the defense heading into next season.
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