All the attention heading into Super Bowl XLVII is directed towards superstar linebacker Ray Lewis and his plans to retire after the season.
With Lewis letting it be known that he has no intention of returning next season, the veteran linebacker has been surrounded by a media circus with the final game of his career rapidly approaching.
Although Lewis has been the talk of the Super Bowl over the course of the final week of the season, veteran safety Ed Reed has received some attention for potentially taking the same route as his longtime teammate. Reed refused to talke about possibly retiring throughout the regular season and during the NFL playoffs until advancing to the Super Bowl with the win over the New England Patriots.
The 12-year veteran let it be known that he will be returning next season, but it remains uncertain where he’ll be playing. Reed’s contract will expire during the off-season making him a free agent in March. The Ravens haven’t indicated whether or not they intend to re-sign Reed and it appears the Patriots are seriously considering making a run to sign the potential free agent once he becomes available.
The consensus has been that Reed signing with the Patriots was a stretch, but now may appears it may be a distint possibility with the veteran saying the following via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald:
“Yeah, oh yeah, man, I could definitely play for coach Belichick,”Reed responded. ”He is a great coach. I’m sure he can help me to expand my football knowledge even more as a player and as a coach, so if I’m ever able to be around him, just like I was at the Pro Bowl, it’s huge.”
Reed’s comments are timely with the Ravens heading into the Super Bowl to face the San Francisco 49ers and the veteran set to hit free agency in March.
Despite no talks with the Ravens in terms of a contract extension taking place, Baltimore will more than likely make an offer to the future Hall of Famer at some point between now and when he officially becomes a free agent.