About those Ed Reed Pats stories ...

March, 4, 2013
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Remember back at the Super Bowl when Ravens safety Ed Reed created a little Patriots-based buzz by saying any player would love to suit up for a coach like Bill Belichick? He even mentioned that he wears his sweatshirt the same way as Belichick, with cut sleeves.

The trickle-down effect of those remarks was a frenzy of speculation that Reed -- scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 12 -- could wind up in New England.

Reed extinguished the likelihood of that possibility during an appearance on NFL Network's "NFL AM" show Monday, saying the following:
"At the Super Bowl, I was asked if I would play for Coach Belichick and my answer was: ‘What player wouldn’t play for Coach Belichick?’ He is a good football coach, has a great mind for football. I met Coach Belichick at a Pro Bowl. He is a great guy, great competitor and seems to understand his players. I was just asked the question at the time [but] I am a Raven, plan on being a Raven. I couldn’t see myself anywhere else, but if it happens, I am a football player, I can adapt to any situation."


QUICK-HIT THOUGHTS: This is a situation where context is important, as Reed was led into a discussion on the Patriots at the Super Bowl. It sounds like if things are close contract-wise, Reed prefers to remain in Baltimore. Because of that, and the Ravens' desire for Reed to return, the possibility of Reed to the Patriots appears to be one with longer odds than one might have thought a month ago. Furthermore, by signing quarterback Joe Flacco to a contract extension, the Ravens picked up more salary cap space this year to bring back players such as Reed.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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