Mentions of Ed Reed have been few and far between this offseason, but that doesn’t mean the veteran safety has moved on to non-football pursuits.
It was fair to wonder if Reed had reached the end of the line after his performance for the Texans and Jets last season. The Texans signed him to a three-year, $15 million deal, but Reed was cut after seven games and then played seven more for his old Ravens pal Rex Ryan in New Jersey. Reed, who had hip surgery last offseason, didn’t play well for either team.
Reed was at Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb’s charity softball game on Sunday and Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that Reed said he’s “still preparing to play” in the 2014 season. He didn’t indicate any specific interest in his services, saying only that he’s “taking his time” and that last year’s results haven’t dimmed his confidence.
“I know I can still play,” Reed said.
Reed also said that he didn’t plan on going to training camp, which is a curious way to win a job but his contract wouldn’t be guaranteed if he did sign with a team after the first week of the regular season. That might make someone more willing to take a shot on Reed having something left in the tank, especially if injuries wreak havoc on their original plans at safety.