For Reed, where's next stop?

For Reed, where's next stop?
January 18, 2013, 7:45 am
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Here’s an intriguing idea, via Jamison Hensley of After Sunday, the next time New England fans see Ed Reed at Gillette Stadium, he could be wearing a Patriots uniform.

Reed will be an unrestricted free agent after the season, and the Pro Bowl safety had a contentious off-season with the Ravens over contract matters — though the sentiment was sometimes couched confusingly in tweets that could have used subtitles. So if he’s looking for another team, why not the Patriots?

Hensley makes the point that Pats head hoodie Bill Belichick has praised Reed on more than one occasion.

“Coach Bill Belichick loves Reed,” Hensley writes. “It's a full-blown man crush. A couple of years ago, Tom Brady joked that Belichick wanted to adopt Ed Reed and change his name to ‘Ed Belichick.’"

The love continued this week, when Belichick said of Reed, 35: "He just does things that nobody else at that position does or I don’t know if they’ve ever done it. He’s special. He's really special.”

That’s nice talk and all, but would the Pats pay him like he’s special? Then again, if the Ravens beat the Patriots and go on to win the Super Bowl, Reed could just decide to join Ray Lewis in retirement.