New England Patriots Show Interest In Signing Ed Reed


Jan 2013

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After falling to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship game, the New England Patriots were exposed for many different reasons. Three-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady looked old and the team just couldn’t get the best of a team motivated by a loss to the Patriots a year earlier in the same game. As a result of loss to the Ravens, the team will face a lot of tough decisions in the off-season with plenty of big-name player set to hit the free agent market. With perennial Pro Bowler Wes Welker set to become a free agent in March, the Patriots’ front office must decide whether or not to re-sign the veteran wide receiver or move on without Brady’s favorite target in the passing. The Patriots must also decide if re-signing cornerback Aqib Talib is the right move. New England acquired Talib via trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier in the season and vastly improved their secondary as a result. Talib will become a free agent with an uncertain future in New England. One free agent option that the Patriots seem to be seriously considering to upgrade the defense is signing veteran safety Ed Reed. Regardless of the end result to the upcoming Super Bowl matchup between the Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, Reed will more than likely become a free agent with the Ravens yet to show considerable interest in re-signing the 34-year-old. Obviously, the outcome of the Super Bowl might dictate whether or not the team ultimately decides to re-sign the veteran, but as of right now it appears that he’ll hit free agency in March with the Patriots currently the most interested team in terms of acquiring him. If the Ravens don’t make an effort to re-sign Reed or give an offer that isn’t up to par, New England may be able to swoop in and sign Reed to a short-term deal.

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