Ed Reed wants to play another season

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After some of his best years with the Ravens, safety Ed Reed pondered retirement into the offseason before returning to play another season.

Reed didn’t have one of his best years in 2013, washing out with the Texans before landing with the Jets where he closed the season playing mostly on passing downs. That led many to assume that the 35-year-old would actually go through with retiring, but Reed wasn’t going there on Monday.

Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Reed said retirement is a possibility, but that he would like to play another season. Reed added that he’d be especially interested in playing another year for the Jets.

That’s not too surprising. The Jets scooped Reed up almost immediately after he was released in Houston, ignoring the lost step or two he showed early in the season and installing him right into the starting lineup. That didn’t work out well for the Jets, but coach Rex Ryan’s ardor for Reed never wavered even when Reed was moved into sub packages.

Now that Ryan’s back, Reed likely feels he has a chance to return as well. If he does, the Jets will still need to make other moves at safety to upgrade the talent at safety because it was a weak spot on this year’s defense.

25 responses to “Ed Reed wants to play another season

  1. Ya know, it’s understandable when a player hangs on a year too many, besides the $, they just don’t realize soon enough they lost a half a step. But, after losing more than that & hanging on multiple years is just awful to watch them when they don’t “have it” anymore.

  2. Translation. Ed Reed wants to screw over another team for one last payday. Won’t happen this time, there’s only one Rick Smith in the NFL.

  3. Yawn….

    Who cares? Reed had his time to shine and doesn’t want to let it go.. Ed Reed needs to be a man about this and walk away.. All he’s going to do next season is keep some new talent from reaching the Jets roster (and, quite frankly, that team could use some turnover.. A lot of attitude issues and divas as far as I’m concerned. You have to give credit to Rex for managing these headcases well enough for the jets 2nd half showing.. At least on Defense!)..

  4. That’s the truth, isn’t it.

    I cant speak for Reed, but as a Ravens fan and a Reed fan, seeing a shell of the former superstar is really tough. He’s done this his entire career, though, including forgetting to mention the need for hip surgery until he got his signing bonus from the Texans. (I don’t begrudge him that one final payday)

    *If* he’s healthy, I can see the Jets going with a league minimum contract, but I don’t think he gets another payday.

  5. Man stick to that narrative no matter what. It doesnt matter that he has played above average since joining the Jets, as long as it keeps a story intact its ok to bend the truth.

    The guy has 3 ints since joining the Jets and even though hes not making stop after stop in the passing game its not like many other safeties in the modern day NFL are either.

    Yea hes not playing like a top 5 safety in coverage like he use to but he is still making more plays on the ball than anyone and he’s been average against the pass.

    So calm down chicken little the sky is still above you.

  6. Honestly wouldn’t mind if he was brought in for training camp. Vet minimum contract and if he makes it then he can be used in sub packages like he has been used in since the raiders game. The ravens knew how to use him on his decline and it seems like the jets caught the hint towards the end of the season. He’s a great mentor as well and is credited with bringing Dee Milliner along ( very impressed with his play down the stretch btw but that’s not in this article ).

  7. One of Rex’s biggest weaknesses as a head coach has long been the fact that he puts far too much trust in his over the hill veterans who he knows well and who he has played with.

    He stuck with Bart Scott and Calvin Pace far too long as every down linebackers, for example.

    However, one good thing about Rex is that he seems to have finally learned his lesson. When he got Reed, he immediately made him the starter and he played nearly the whole game. And it was a disaster.

    The last three games, however, Reed has been in the sub package on passing downs, and suddenly what little he has left in the tank is allowed to shine — 3 opportunistic interceptions.

    Reed is also a good mentor — the struggling Dee Milliner started magically playing well as soon as Reed came to town.

    Keep him another year. He won’t cost anything, he’s a leader, and he brings the ball hawk element (which the Jets secondary does not have) on passing downs. Just don’t ask him to do too much.

  8. He started out rough for the Jets playing every down but once moved into sub packages, he finished with 3 INTs in the last 3 games.

    Can’t see a vet minimum and passing down snaps for Reed actually hurting the Jets next season.

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