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Ed Reed rips media: I most likely will not end up playing in New England

Very few people would be surprised if Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed ended up with the New England Patriots next season. Apparently one of the few who would be surprised is Reed himself.

Reed will become a free agent this offseason and the Patriots are in need of secondary help, which is why it makes sense that New England could take a run at him. Earlier this week, Reed helped fuel the speculation by praising Bill Belichick and saying he could “definitely” see himself playing for the Patriots coach. On Thursday, Reed ripped members of the media for the way they delivered that news.

“The bad part about this is that you all ask the question, but don’t write down everything that someone says,” Reed said according to Pro Football Talk. “People only get a part of what the comment was. I don’t have to say much about that. My heart is in Baltimore. The question is, ‘Would I play for Bill Belichick?’ Yes. What football player wouldn’t play for Coach Belicheck? Will I be in New England? Most likely not. It’s just terrible that people get half of the story.”

I understand that the Ravens and Patriots are rivals, but this may be a bit of an overreaction from Reed. It’s common knowledge that he and Belichick have a great level of respect for one another, so it wasn’t exactly earth-shattering news to hear that Reed would be open to playing for him. New England has always been known for signing veteran defensive players like Junior Seau, Rodney Harrison and Ted Washington, so Reed would seemingly fit the Patriots’ mold to perfection. No one is accusing him of being a traitor.

Could Patriots target Ed Reed? Safety says he could ‘definitely’ play for Bill Belichick

After the AFC Championship Game between the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots ended, we got the impression that a lot of the guys in purple and black despise Tom Brady and company. Despite the fact that Brady may have tried to cleat him during the game, Ed Reed does not sound like he is one of the Ravens players who dislike the Patriots.

With Reed set to become a free agent after the Super Bowl and New England in need of secondary help, there have already been rumblings about Bill Belichick making a run at Reed this offseason. On Tuesday, Reed said he would welcome it.

“Yeah, oh yeah, man, I could definitely play for coach Belichick,” Reed told reporters, via the Boston Herald. “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.”

Belichick has always gone out of his way to praise Reed’s intelligence and playmaking ability, and the two seemed to hit it off in Honolulu a couple of years ago. Clearly the admiration is mutual. In fact, Reed said he has even gotten fashion ideas from the three-time AP Coach of the Year.

“It’s the reason why I wear my sweater cut off a little bit,” Reed said. “He’s the first guy I saw like, ‘That’s cool.’ You know, that’s cool. He cuts those sweater sleeves, and he’ll be comfortable. So there’s a reason why. Most people will tell you around the facility that’s how I look. It’s just a blessing to even have met, to know coach Belichick.”

Reed has made it clear that he wants to play next season, and I don’t think anyone would be the least bit surprised if he ends up doing so in Foxboro. Belichick loves signing veteran defensive players, and Reed is clearly one of his favorites.

Ed Reed: Tom Brady apologized for sliding with cleats high, we’re all good

Tom-Brady-slide-Ed-ReedThe NFL announced on Tuesday that it is reviewing the play from the AFC Championship Game where Tom Brady slid toward Ed Reed with his cleats in the air. When watching the play, which you can see here, it certainly looked like Brady intended to kick Reed. Whether the NFL will actually discipline the Golden Boy or not remains to be seen, but the Patriots quarterback has since apologized to Reed.

“I told him — you know, we talked,” Reed told WJZ-FM in Baltimore, via ESPNBoston.com. “We talked actually not too long ago, we talked on the phone. He actually reached out to me, texted me. I tried to text him back, but the message exploded after 12 seconds, so I had to call him … and he’s just apologized and what not. But I told him, ‘You know, it’s good, man.’

“I know he’s a great player. I respect Brady and his game for all it stands for, and I know he’s not a dirty player. And emotions get going in the game.”

No two people in football respect Ed Reed more than Brady and Bill Belichick. They’re always gushing about him and talking about what an unbelievable defender he is, as evidenced by the way they were talking about him in the Belichick documentary “A Football Life.”

While people like Bernard Pollard want to see the league make an example of Brady and prove that quarterbacks don’t receive preferential treatment, it’s not like Brady intended to seriously injure Reed. He got caught up in the heat of the moment, which happens to almost every player at some point. The reason it’s such a big deal is that Brady has never done anything like that before. That’s precisely why the league is unlikely to fine him.

Ravens reportedly preparing for future without Ray Lewis, Ed Reed

ray-lewis-ed-reedRay Lewis and Ed Reed have been the core of the Baltimore Ravens’ stellar defense over the past decade, but both players are aging and at some point may either retire or move to another team. CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora reported on Sunday that the team is bracing for the possibility of life without both players.

Lewis is 37 and has been out since tearing his triceps in Week 6. He is scheduled to earn $5.4 million next season, and LaCanfora says the Ravens are leery about paying him that kind of money to potentially be a part-time player. Additionally, the team reportedly is concerned that Lewis wouldn’t accept being a part-time player should matters come to that. Given Lewis’ age, there has been looming speculation that the 13-time Pro Bowler might retire after the season. We have heard that might be the case, though it’s possible he might want to return to play a full season rather than go out following an injury.

Reed will be an unrestricted free agent after the season, and the 34-year-old safety could be in for another long contract negotiation with the team. LaCanfora says Reed would not take to being franchise tagged very well. Reed mentioned the possibility of retirement in May when he was seeking a new contract from the team. He’s in the final season of a six-year, $44.4 million deal signed in 2006.

Who knows if Reed will retire as he’s threatened, return to Baltimore, or sign with another team. What we do know is that Baltimore reportedly is preparing for a future without either player.

The Ravens are 10-5 and visit the 9-6 Bengals on Sunday. They’ve clinched a playoff spot for the fifth consecutive season, but their defense has slipped from allowing the third-fewest points in the league the past three seasons to ranking 12th this season.

Ed Reed rips NFL, doesn’t think league cares about player safety

The NFL has taken steps over the past few years toward preventing head injuries and “cleaning up” the game, so to speak, but for what reason? On the surface, it would appear that the league cares about player safety. However, anyone who pays attention knows that former players have been suing the league. If the NFL wants to stop dishing out money for settlements like these two, it needs to at least give off the appearance that it cares about the long-term health of its employees.

Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed does not want fans to be fooled into thinking safety is the NFL’s priority.

“All of a sudden, the NFL is starting to get sued for all the stuff they haven’t protected over the years, and they haven’t done … now you want to take it out on us?” Reed asked after the Ravens’ win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, via SI.com. “Take it out on yourself. It’s easy for them to do the things they’re doing, fining us and make us look bad, like we’re the bad guy, when we’re not.

“If they were really so concerned about the violence and the injuries, players getting hurt, answer this question for me … why is there Thursday Night Football? We played three games in 17 days. Why is there Thursday Night Football? Come on, man.”

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Ed Reed: If you want to stop concussions, stop football in general

The NFL has decided to overturn the one-game suspension it gave Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed earlier this week for his hit on Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. However, the league is still fining Reed $50,000 for the play, and that’s something he is not happy about.

“It really needs to be discussed for a fine to come down like that so harshly for that hit,” Reed said according to ESPN.com. “Over my career and for them to go back to 2010 for me scratching Drew Brees on the head, even the one that happened in Week 2 with Michael Vick, c’mon, man. I’m going for the ball. It’s a contact sport.”

Reed has been called a head-hunter, which is obviously a categorization he takes offense to. Like James Harrison of the Steelers, he is one of the hardest hitters in the game and a player who has been disciplined by the league multiple times. His hit on Sanders was his third violation in three seasons of the rule prohibiting helmet-to-helmet contact on a defenseless receiver.

“It is tackle football,” he continued. “It is a contact sport and a brutal one, a violent one at that, the No. 1 violent sport, sad to say.

“I know concussions has been a big thing. I’ve had concussions before, and I know guys are going to have concussions. If you want to stop it, stop the game. Like people say, it’s starting to be a flag football thing. I have a flag football tournament. We can make this a big thing if we want to, everybody can come get in my league.”

By now every player in the NFL should realize that the league’s stance on vicious hits and helmet-to-helmet shots is not flexible — no matter how many complaints there are. It was recently revealed that the NFL has paid more than $2 million in disability settlements to former players who suffered permanent brain damage as a result of playing. The league will to anything it can to prevent similar situations from arising in the future, even if it means making examples of the game’s biggest stars.

Joe Flacco and Ed Reed Stage Fake Fight to Settle Issue

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and safety Ed Reed made light of what appeared to be potential conflict within the team by staging a fake fight before practice Thursday.

According to the Ravens’ website, Flacco and Reed pretended to get into an argument in front of the media by playfully shouting back and forth.

The fake fight was a response to the questions about the team’s chemistry sparked by Reed’s comments on the radio earlier in the week. Reed said that Flacco didn’t appear to have a hold on the offense during the team’s win over the Texans last weekend.

A few days later, Reed says there’s no longer a conflict.

“We’re past it,” Reed said Thursday. “We’re focused on the game at task now.

“We’re good, man. We’re honest with each other as a team. We’re not focused on that … We’re thinking about this game. What happened last game is last week.”

Flacco said on Wednesday that Reed’s comments were “not that big of a deal.” The All-Pro safety agrees.

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