In the afterglow of a Super Bowl victory, safety Ed Reed looks ready to re-sign with the Ravens.
Not so fast. GM Ozzie Newsome believes the 11th-year safety, who openly complained about not having a contract beyond this season, will talk to other teams.
“Unofficially, we've had conversations,” Newsome said of Reed, who will likely continue to represent himself in negotiations. “I think he wanted to let some time clear and at that point he and I will sit down. I think he realized there may be some other options out there for him.”
Reed tied for a team-high four interceptions in the regular season and returned one for a touchdown. He also had three fumble recoveries. In the 34-31 victory vs. the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl last weekend, he intercepted Colin Kaepernick in the second quarter.
The final year of Reed’s $44 million deal has expired. Given salary cap constraints, quarterback Joe Flacco’s imminent deal and key free agents on defense such as Paul Kruger, Cary Williams and Dannell Ellerbe, the Ravens can’t afford Reed at that $7 million-plus per season price-tag.
Newsome is certain Reed wants to finish his career in Baltimore.
“If you watched him, watched his body language, over the course of the last 8 to 10 days, he loves being here in Baltimore,” Newsome said. “I think we can use that to help that relationship last a little bit longer.”