So last night the word among experts and people in the know was that the defection of Ed Reed was all over but the crying. Then something happened, around 1 in the morning, word started to spread that the Ravens were still in discussions with Reed and that there was a 50-50 shot for the Texans to steal him at best. Now Reed has left Houston and has gone back to Atlanta(his offseason home).
The word on the street currently is that Reeds Agent and members of both the Ravens and Texans front office will meet with each other this week at the NFL league meetings. Jason LaCanfora has theorized that the Texans Offer was in the ballpark of the Ravens offer and that Reed might not be willing to leave for just a small raise.
This is all pretty interesting stuff, i am not sure I ever remember there being so much drama over what has to be a 2 year contract before. but it is a very good sign that the Ravens are still fighting for Reed. Just the fact that they arent willing to just give up on him is the type of thing that will speak volumes to Reed. Reed is very concerned with respect and feeling valued, the Ravens are showing both to him right now.
I am a big Ed Reed fan, i think he is probably the best safety to ever play this game in for my money there are only maybe 6-7 players at any position that were better than him in his prime. That said, I am not sure which direction I want this thing to go. on one hand, the Ravens need a solid leader in the backfield to hold things together and there is still no better coverage safety in the league than Reed. On the other hand Reed is in the twilight of his career, threatens retirement every offseason(except, oddly enough, the one where is is about to get paid), and he cant tackle my grandmother in the open field.
He is still a valuble player because of the way he alters opposing offenses schemes, but i am not sure he is going to be worth what he gets paid(many are speculating the Texans offered him between 4.5 and 5 million per year). What do you think Ravens fans?