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Ed Reed: I know I can still play

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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.

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59 Responses to “Ed Reed: I know I can still play”
  1. Andre's Johnson says: Jun 1, 2014 5:58 PM

    No, you can’t.

  2. lance19 says: Jun 1, 2014 5:59 PM

    Few players as exciting as Reed, in his prime.

    Unfortunately, the clock marches on for EVERYBODY. You can go from “Special!” to “Average” to “Not good enough for any roster” in a short amount of time. :(

  3. theworkhorsebackdotcom says: Jun 1, 2014 5:59 PM

    Future HOFer, but when you’re late on coverage and reluctant to make a tackle your services are not going to be in high demand.

  4. jjrs89 says: Jun 1, 2014 6:02 PM

    me too ed!

  5. nomoreseasontix says: Jun 1, 2014 6:03 PM

    Lots of young guys can still play too, Ed.
    There’s a point in time when your name and what you did in the past is meaningless.
    When your time is up, move on and let the next guy have it….

  6. punksinplay says: Jun 1, 2014 6:08 PM

    Looking for one last payday.

  7. nevernudetobias says: Jun 1, 2014 6:09 PM

    What’s strange is that Reed flirted with retirement plenty while in the later stages of his career in Baltimore. I wonder what changed.

  8. ravenswhat says: Jun 1, 2014 6:12 PM

    Ed’s the kinda guy that will take 4 mill from a team even if he KNOW’S he’s done. Shady dude.

  9. sportsfan18 says: Jun 1, 2014 6:13 PM

    Ed Reed to everyone…

    I know I can still play…

    Team G.M.’s to Ed Reed…

    You’re right, we know you can still play… BADLY…

    Mr. Reed,

    You were a GREAT football player. Father Time is undefeated…

    He caught you and hurt you badly when he took you down…

  10. cletusvandam says: Jun 1, 2014 6:17 PM

    You’d think with all the money he stole from Houston he wouldn’t need to play anymore.

  11. dcapettini says: Jun 1, 2014 6:18 PM

    He just does not want to call it a day. You can sympathize. His unbelievable instinct for where the ball is going is still there, but he can’t get there and if he does, he can’t tackle anymore. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

    We will never forget you in Baltimore, Ed. When the time comes that you are ready to hang up your cleats, we will be here for you with open arms and tears in our eyes. You were the greatest.

  12. thelocknload says: Jun 1, 2014 6:24 PM

    Dude, you’re right! You’ve still got it. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.

    Sincerely,

    Brett Farve

  13. TheWizard says: Jun 1, 2014 6:27 PM

    When Belichick didn’t go after him, I figured that was the sign.

  14. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Jun 1, 2014 6:27 PM

    You knowing will get you a free ride to the hall of fame

  15. fordmandalay says: Jun 1, 2014 6:34 PM

    Will the NFL let him bring his walker out on the field?

  16. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Jun 1, 2014 6:36 PM

    Ed Reed is gonna be the penultimate homeless guy some day

  17. SAV says: Jun 1, 2014 6:39 PM

    After week 1 he’ll get the non-guaranteed contact deal without a doubt in my mind.

  18. thekingdave says: Jun 1, 2014 6:40 PM

    Respect Ed for his hall of fame career, but he’s done. Straight up bamboozled the Texana and represented a microcosm of the season along with Schaub.

  19. thetooloftools says: Jun 1, 2014 6:42 PM

    Time to park the car old man.

  20. sportzpig says: Jun 1, 2014 6:53 PM

    Sad when the mind and the body are not on the same page.

    Maybe he can join Ocho Dorko up there in the great white north…

  21. itsunclepauley says: Jun 1, 2014 6:55 PM

    I don’t know….Ryan made him a starter and that went badly, but once Rex realized that Reed didn’t have the horses anymore and just put him in on passing downs, Reed got 3 picks in his last 4 games.

  22. foolmeonce says: Jun 1, 2014 6:59 PM

    Go out gracefully. After last season, it’s clear you can’t play at a high level any longer.

  23. mfrizzle says: Jun 1, 2014 7:11 PM

    Ed got the most cheers at the softball game today. Sign a 1 day contract with Ravens and retire.

  24. matterson20 says: Jun 1, 2014 7:12 PM

    It’s over, Ed.

  25. jimmyjames65 says: Jun 1, 2014 7:18 PM

    itsunclepauley says: Welcome to Rex Ryan and the Jets. And they brought in Vick. And drafted Pryor (Pollard) I wouldn’t want to see them in the playoffs.

  26. kferguson2002 says: Jun 1, 2014 7:31 PM

    He said he know he can still play. He didn’t say to what level though.

  27. donmcg2012 says: Jun 1, 2014 7:31 PM

    Not even close to a hall of famer.

  28. jimmyjames65 says: Jun 1, 2014 7:40 PM

    So Ed is going to finish out his career with Rex. Good luck Ed.

  29. getyourownname says: Jun 1, 2014 7:45 PM

    He hornswoggled the Texans and the Jets last year. Can’t blame him for seeing if there are still fish in the pond willing to take the bait. And don’t be surprised at all if some team hit with injuries midseason gives him a call.

    But objectively, he diesn’t have it. Polamalu should take a lesson and retire now, while he is remembered fondly, too.

  30. itsunclepauley says: Jun 1, 2014 7:54 PM

    dude….did you copy a comment I made during the draft and save it on your computer until you saw me post again?

    Ah, the message board “gotcha.” Way to spend the weekend.

  31. jimmyjames65 says: Jun 1, 2014 7:57 PM

    No wonder the Oilers could never beat the Steelers

  32. daburgher says: Jun 1, 2014 8:21 PM

    If he didn’t get a beat down twice a year from Hines for so long he may have a bit left. But he is now toast

  33. huskersrock1 says: Jun 1, 2014 8:31 PM

    HE might be worth the Vet minimum.

  34. fofofotey says: Jun 1, 2014 8:41 PM

    Only Dan Deirdorf would agree.

  35. pftfan says: Jun 1, 2014 8:42 PM

    I like all these “He’s finished!” comments. The guy finished 9th among NFL Safeties in INT’s last season.

    Put him in sub packages on passing downs and he’s still surprisingly useful back there as Rex Ryan learned late last season. Not 2007 Ed Reed, but he can still come down with a few.

  36. mancave001 says: Jun 1, 2014 8:58 PM

    No, you THINK you can still play. You’re not unique. Almost all older players think that.

  37. bengalskuta82 says: Jun 1, 2014 9:29 PM

    If he gets his attitude alright he shud be ok

  38. ebrownwareagle says: Jun 1, 2014 9:33 PM

    Thing people forget is he had hip surgery last off season. Now “IF” he is healthy THIS YEAR with a Non Guaranteed Contract. You might Be getting a Steal.

  39. raiderapologist says: Jun 1, 2014 9:46 PM

    Ed has been on the grill too long. He is well done.

  40. rmcnulty234 says: Jun 1, 2014 10:02 PM

    Ed, I’m 55 and I know I can still play as well…give it a rest and retire

  41. packerbackernj says: Jun 1, 2014 10:33 PM

    He should start practicing his long snapping and he’ll have a job.

  42. sdffa11 says: Jun 1, 2014 10:47 PM

    ed reed is such a fraud. the guy is always “injured” during the offseason so he can skip training camp. its clear hes only building himself up so he can get another contract to not play or play badly.

  43. officialgame says: Jun 1, 2014 10:56 PM

    Houston we have a problem. Ed Reid did not steal money your moronic front office have it to him.

  44. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 1, 2014 11:40 PM

    He’d be an upgrade to the ravens secondary.

  45. htown995 says: Jun 1, 2014 11:42 PM

    He had 3 Ints for the jets in less than half a year i see a playoff bound team or an injury ravaged team giving him a shot either halfway through the season or for the playoffs the only good thing i see him being able to help a lot is if a team has a lot of rookies or very young safeties he could help with taking them under his wing because he has great instinks

  46. drohanimal says: Jun 2, 2014 12:58 AM

    GOAT

  47. ahostiletakeover says: Jun 2, 2014 1:02 AM

    My absolute favorite player of all time…but I think its high time to hang up the cleats Ed, you’ve been playing injured for the last 3 seasons of so. Glad he got a ring before he was washed up on the field. Now pick up from being an awesome player to an awesome man off the field with your family and friends and enjoy the health you do still have, you deserve it as one of the G.O.A.T. safeties, we’ll see you in Canton.

  48. bluenose1965 says: Jun 2, 2014 1:07 AM

    Ed Reed’s lack of effort in Houston suggested he stole the money.

  49. nite2al says: Jun 2, 2014 1:58 AM

    Whenever a player comes out says he still has it, he doesn’t.

  50. mclovin07 says: Jun 2, 2014 2:50 AM

    Vikes could use another safety, but at 35…meh, I’d pass…

  51. clashpoint says: Jun 2, 2014 6:14 AM

    The all-century safety tandem so far for the 21st century:

    Ed Reed, free safety
    Troy Polamalu, strong safety

    The one thing most Steeler and Raven fans will agree on.

  52. bullcharger says: Jun 2, 2014 6:58 AM

    donmcg2012 says:
    Jun 1, 2014 7:31 PM
    Not even close to a hall of famer.

    ———

    He’s first ballot. Only Ronnie Lott is in the argument with him for best ever. Polamalu will go too, but it think it will be after Reed.

  53. bullcharger says: Jun 2, 2014 7:03 AM

    If Ed is willing to keep his mouth shut and do only what he is still capable of and exactly what the team needs, then he’s still ok and probably better then many young guys. That might be to be a back up or to play on clear passing downs, etc.

    However, I don’t think he’s willing to do it that way. Therefore he won’t likely be picked up by anyone.

  54. tvjules says: Jun 2, 2014 7:24 AM

    Well, he can obviously still sign the back of his huge paycheck every week.

  55. southpaw2k says: Jun 2, 2014 7:48 AM

    So wait, I’m confused….were the Ravens smart or not in letting Reed walk away in order to sign Flacco? Because the comments here sure seem to indicate the Ravens did the right thing, but anytime the name Joe Flacco comes up, people love to say the Ravens were dumb for signing him and letting Reed go.

  56. ravensmike410 says: Jun 2, 2014 9:56 AM

    For those who think this is about a pay day, you obviously don’t know much about Ed Reed. He’s been one of the players who has done well with his money over the years. He’s not in any danger of being in the next installment of “Broke.”

    That said, if you had the chance to get one last opportunity to be paid handsomely, wouldn’t you? Don’t be a hypocrite and say you wouldn’t.

  57. scoobies05 says: Jun 2, 2014 12:52 PM

    I’m with you clashpoint. ed and troy are the two tops. and did some goof actually say he’s not a hall of gamer? dude should have his tv taken away

  58. simonator917 says: Jun 2, 2014 4:48 PM

    Oh give it up already and retire with some grace.

  59. crip2nite says: Jun 4, 2014 10:01 PM

    Please sign him Steelers you really need safeties

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