Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Ed Reed is still not an option for the Colts
By Mike Wells
INDIANAPOLIS -- It was only natural for the question to come up.
Safety is an area of concern for the Indianapolis Colts since Antoine Bethea calls San Francisco home now. The player who is currently available has a history with the head coach.
Ed Reed and Chuck Pagano spent time together at the University of Miami and with the Baltimore Ravens. Pagano respects Reed. Pagano was the Hurricanes' secondary coach from 1995-2000, the Ravens' secondary coach from 2008-10, then their defensive coordinator the following season.
The question about them possibly being reunited was asked by fans when the Houston Texans released Reed last season.
It was asked again by fans after Reed told reporters he plans to play next season during a charity softball game in Baltimore over the weekend.
And just like last November, don't expect the Colts to have any interest in Reed. He's a nine-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl winner, but his best years are clearly behind him. He didn't struggle and eventually get benched and released from the Texans for no reason.
The Colts would have signed a safety during free agency or selected one during last month's draft if they were really concerned about the position.
The starting safety spot is right there for Delano Howell. It'll stay that way until he somebody else beats him out for it.
"Delano Howell has played some really good snaps for us," Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said last month. "We feel good about Delano and we're hoping some of these other guys rise to the occasion. We signed Colt Anderson. We've got some guys that have had some starts in this league. Corey Lynch has played 12 starts in this league. Someone is going to emerge."