Baltimore Ravens to Lose All-pro safety Ed Reed
Another Key Member of The Raven Defense Gone
All-pro safety Ed Reed of the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens may be a Houston Texan in 2013.
Thursday Reed will be picked up and flown to the Texans’ offices in the private jet owned by team chairman and CEO Bob McNair.
Reed would be a source of some good news this week. Already Houston cut receiver Kevin Walter, then lost versatile tight end James Casey to Philadelphia and safety Glover Quin to Detroit after the opening of the free agency signing period.
Outside linebacker Connor Barwin, cornerback Brice McCain and linebacker Tim Dobbins were among Houston’s other key unrestricted free agents.
Reed, now 34 years old, is a 9 time pro-bowler. He leads the Ravens’ franchise with 61 interceptions. He hasn’t missed a game since 2010.
If Reed signs with Houston, he will be the fourth key defensive player to leave the Super Bowl Champs. Ray Lewis retired. Dannell Ellerbe, their most effective linebacker last season, has signed with the Miami Dolphins. Paul Krug, their best, and only, true pass rusher, will be a linebacker for the Cleveland Browns this season.
If quarterback Joe Flacco lives up to his hefty new contract, Baltimore’s offense may score enough points to win football games. The question now is, how can a defense that was ranked in the bottom third of the league last season improve, while losing their four best players.
The salary cap has created a great deal of movement of key, talented players. Free agency always brings the question: “Was the player who left successful because of the ‘system’ and the coaching staff, or will they continue to play at a high level with their new teams?”
Training camps throughout the league will have many new faces. Teams have spent a great deal of capital in the draft, and now even more during the free agency process.
Look for teams that have quietly been rebuilding their teams from inside to excel in 2013. San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Cincinnati have a solid core of players with 3 or 4 years experience.
The only problem I have with all of this, is that the season is too far away.
Columnist-The Guardian Express