ESPN's Adam Schefter reported yesterday that soon-to-be free agent safety Ed Reed would certainly consider signing with the Indianapolis Colts when the free agency period begins in March. Reed, who is preparing to play in Sunday's Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens, hasn't been shy talking about the possibility of him finishing his career somewhere else besides Baltimore.
Although Reed says that his preference would be to stay with Baltimore, that's probably not in the cards. The Ravens will be a team with minimal salary cap flexibility this off season and three major players up for contracts: Reed, QB Joe Flacco and LB Paul Kruger. It's unlikely that Baltimore will be willing to give the 34 year-old future Hall of Famer the kind of contract he wants.
Earlier this week, Reed speculated about playing for Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. Reed spoke glowingly of his admiration for the Patriots' coach.
Schefter's report leverages Reed's relationship with Colts' head coach Chuck Pagano. Pagano was Reed's position coach in Baltimore before becoming the team's defensive coordinator. If Reed were to come to Indianapolis, he would also be reunited with former teammates Cory Redding and Tom Zbikowski. Ironically, it would be Zbikowski's spot as free safety where Reed would be competing.
Reed is also very close with wide receiver Reggie Wayne, his former teammate at the University of Miami.
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