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Could Ed Reed Be a Patriot?

February 10th, 2013 at 9:00 AM
By Spencer Frenchman

Future hall of fame safety Ed Reed will be one of the most sought after free agents on market when his contract expires in March.  

"I could definitely play for coach Belichick" Reed Said.  "He is a great coach.  I'm sure he can help me to 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."

The highest priority on the Patriots offseason list should be to find a reliable safety.  The Patriots ranked 29th against the pass last season and gave up an NFL high 74 passing plays of 20+ yards.  Reed, would instantly solve the Patriots biggest problem on defense. 

Reed though will come at a cost.  Last year he made $7.2 million dollars and after another Pro Bowl selection, and a Super Bowl victory, in which he intercepted a pass, the 34 year old safety will likely see short term offers in the $7 million – $10 million range.  The Patriots have $18.2 million in cap room, but they have three big money free agents of their own in Wes Welker, Aqib Talib, and Sebastian Vollmer.  If the Patriots were to sign Reed they would have to let one or likely two of those players walk.

Tags: Aqib Talib, Ed Reed, Football, free agents, New England, New England Patriots, NFL, Sebastian Vollmer, Wes Welker

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