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Texans cut Ed Reed

When the Ravens won the Super Bowl this past year I thought that it would be a good time for their future Hall of Fame safety, Ed Reed, to retire. His mentor and best friend, Ray Lewis, was already planning on riding off into the sunset and it seemed fitting that the two would leave the game together on top. Lewis had already won a Super Bowl, but this was Reed’s first. Reed had worked so hard, for years, to win the big game, and he had finally achieved that goal. The only question remaining was if he would return to the game the following year.

When Reed decided that he believed he could still play the game, it became clear pretty quickly that the Ravens weren’t going to be able to resign him, nor did they feel like they needed to. The Ravens had many young players like quarterback Joe Flacco and linebackers Dannell Ellerbee and Paul Kruger, who needed new contacts, and they couldn’t afford to keep Reed around. It was a shame that one of the franchise’s greatest players would end his career on another team. As a fan, I hate to see that happen. Baltimore Colts legendary quarterback Johnny Unitas ended his career with the Chargers and 49ers quarterback Joe Montana ended his career with the Chiefs. That just doesn’t sound right. Meanwhile, Ravens greats Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis played their entire career with the franchise.

I don’t blame Reed for wanting to continue his career at all, but it was clear with injuries taking a toll on his body, as well as getting older, that the veteran wasn’t the same player that used to cover the entire back end of the field. That is why, when I heard the news that Reed had been cut by the Texans after playing sparingly against the Cardinals, and then publicly criticizing the coaches, I just felt bad for Reed. Reed is easily one of the greatest safeties to ever play the game. His name deserves to be in the same category as Ronnie Lott and Rod Woodson. The fact that after his great tenure with the Ravens, he was cut midseason on a bad Texans team and will probably get picked up by another team is upsetting to see. If only Reed could sign a one day contract with the Ravens this week and hang up his cleats. Then, maybe, there will be a more fitting closure for a player who deserves a happy ending.

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One Response to “Texans cut Ed Reed”

  1. MDLonewolf says:

    Ilook at all the games so far what IF we had our 1st game at home

    would we have done better????

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