Ravens' safety Ed Reed is one of the greatest safeties of all time. He no doubt will go into the hall of fame once he is done playing and this Sunday will be trying to win his first super bowl ring (no, contrary to popular belief he was not on the Ravens' 2000 championship team). But after this year, the 35-year old Reed's contract is up. While Baltimore would love to have him back, both the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts have emerged as potential landing spots for Reed.
Ed Reed to Colts? ESPN's Adam Schefter says Reed could be headed to NE or Indy if he leaves Ravens after SB. Pagano, Wayne ties to Colts.— Tom James (@TribStarTJames) January 31, 2013
Ed Reed as a Colt in 2013 makes sense for both sides. From Ed Reed's point of view, he would be reunited with Chuck Pagano, who goes back to Reed's days at Miami and then in Baltimore as well, where Pagano was the secondary coach for three years (2008-2010) and then the defensive coordinator for one (2011). Colts' wide receiver Reggie Wayne also goes back all the way to their time at Miami, where Wayne and Reed were roommates. The two remain good friends to this day. For Ed Reed, signing with Indianapolis would make a lot of sense.
The same can be said from the Colts' point of view. It was well documented the failures of the secondary last year and Ed Reed would provide an immediate upgrade at safety. Antoine Bethea struggled last year and Tom Zbikowski proved himself to be nothing more than a quality backup safety. Though Reed is especially old for a physical safety, a one-year deal would make a ton of sense for the Colts. The Colts' coverage unit especially lacked last year and struggled mightily forcing turnovers - right up Reed's alley.
While a multi-year deal wouldn't make much sense for Indy, a one-year deal to bring in a definite upgrade at the position and a great veteran leader would be a great move. The Colts will have competition for Reed in the Patriots and Ravens, but with Chuck Pagano and Reggie Wayne already there, Indianapolis would have a major draw factor for Reed.
The speculation of Ed Reed to the Colts has already begun. And given that free agency doesn't start until mid-March, the talk is sure to grow. And if, when free agency does come around, the Colts do sign Reed, it would be another good move by general manager Ryan Grigson.