Thursday, January 24, 2013
Pondering Reed's future
By Tim Kavanagh
Last offseason was a time of mystery regarding Baltimore Ravens S Ed Reed, as it had been in offseasons past. At times, it looked like he was finished playing pro football; at others, there was no doubt he'd be back. In the end, he returned to the club to play out the final campaign on his current contract, but that left another question for this upcoming offseason: Would he retire, re-sign with Baltimore, or elect to sign a new deal elsewhere?
We can answer the first part of that question after Thursday's session with reporters. "I'll be playing next year, if that's what you all are asking," Reed said in response to the retirement line of questioning, per ESPN AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley. "Next question."
The Ravens are caught in a bit of a pickle this upcoming offseason. They have three key players with expiring contracts -- Reed, QB Joe Flacco and CB Cary Williams -- and only one franchise tag. Obviously, the most cap-friendly way to extend their business relationship with these players is to ink a multi-year extension; however, there's scant time left between now and the franchise tag deadline, and there has not been any sign that a deal is imminent with any of the three.
Reed may not be interested in signing anywhere else, so the timeline on his getting re-signed is different than that of Flacco and Williams, the latter of whom has hinted that he'll be exploring free agency this offseason. Nevertheless, getting him back on the field for this upcoming season would seem to be a high priority.