Monday, January 28, 2013
Reed to the Patriots?
By Tim Kavanagh
In a blog post back on Jan. 17, ESPN AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley suggested that if Ed Reed did not wind up back with the Baltimore Ravens for 2013 -- either via contract or franchise tag -- a potential other destination is the New England Patriots:
"I can see Reed playing for the New England Patriots for two reasons: the Patriots need a playmaker in the back end of the defense after giving up the most passes over 20 yards in the NFL this season and coach Bill Belichick loves Reed. It's a full-blown man crush. A couple of years ago, Tom Brady joked that Belichick wanted to adopt Ed Reed and change his name to 'Ed Belichick.'"
We still have the Super Bowl to enjoy this weekend and a few more weeks thereafter until free agency gets rolling, but another prominent NFL scribe has weighed in on this possibility.
"I think if Ed Reed becomes a free agent, he ought to last about 48 hours on the street," Peter King of Sports Illustrated writes Monday. "And as I said on NBC Sunday night, my money's on the Patriots and the president of the Ed Reed Fan Club, Massachusetts Chapter, Bill Belichick."
OK, we get it: Belichick likes Ed Reed. But whether that's enough to get the future Hall of Famer under contract remains to be seen (we don't know how badly Reed wants to play there, for instance). And wouldn't it make more sense for the Pats to try and trade for Bernard Pollard instead, so that Pollard would stop breaking all of their players?