Ravens shouldn't bring back Ed Reed

November, 12, 2013
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The Baltimore Ravens should bring back safety Ed Reed -- but only for a one-day contract when he decides to retire.

Anything more than a sentimental reunion would be a bad move for the Ravens. Reed, who was reportedly released by the Houston Texans, is old and slow. He doesn't have an interception or a pass breakup this season. He had 16 tackles in seven games and lost his starting job in Houston. It's wishful thinking that Reed could help the Ravens. It says something about where Reed is as a player this year when the Texans decide to part ways with him 10 weeks into the season after giving him $6 million guaranteed.

The Ravens have moved on from Reed, just as they have with Ray Lewis. Baltimore is starting rookie first-round draft pick Matt Elam and veteran James Ihedigbo, who has been one of the bigger surprises on defense this season. If the Ravens are adding a safety, it would be someone who can play special teams and add depth in the defensive backfield. They're not going to pay Reed just for his leadership.

Reed will go down as the third-best player to ever suit up for the Ravens, behind Lewis and Hall of Fame offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden. The Ravens showed him a sign of respect by not giving out No. 20 to any player this year. That doesn't mean they should re-sign him. The last memory of Reed in a Ravens uniform should be of him hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy in New Orleans.

The Ravens made some questionable moves in the offseason, like signing safety Michael Huff and defensive lineman Marcus Spears. Baltimore has since released both. But not outbidding the Texans for Reed was the right call. And it's the right call not to bring him back, unless it's for him to officially end his career as a Raven.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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