Future Hall of Fame and former Ravens' safety Ed Reed is still out there looking for a team to pick him up. He isn't quite ready to hang up his cleats even though it appears the lack of interest should be telling him otherwise. So, like the Ed Reed we all know, he's going to be unique about his job search and add some incentives.
While playing in Lardarius Webb's Celebrity Softball game, Reed came out to familiar cheers from Ravens' fans but didn't publicly retire like so many, including Jamison Hensley expected him to do. Instead he reiterated that "I know that I can still play. It's just a matter of the right fit." One thing that is going to help him is that the 36 year old Reed refuses to participate in training camp, which means that he can be signed during the regular season and not have a guaranteed contract. No guarantee means that any team that picks him up is able to cut him without having to pay whatever he doesn't play. A desperate team will eventually grab Reed since he is little to no risk monetarily and can at least be a player-coach.
One thing that Reed appeared to be open to was parlaying his playing career into a coaching career. No one can argue that Reed had great instincts and great study habits to go with his physical traits and that can be a great opportunity for a team to use his mind to bring up the next great safety.
ed reed 'I could see myself being a part of this organization' meaning ravens as a coach one day 'I know I can still play'— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) June 1, 2014
The Ravens let Reed test free agency and ultimately sign elsewhere after playing his first 11 seasons for the Ravens. Reed played for the Houston Texans last year and then the New York Jets after he was benched and cut by the Texans after 7 games. You'd probably remember Reed missing his assignment as a Jet against the Ravens, allowing quarterback Joe Flacco work him over for a 66-yard touchdown and helping the Jets lose 3-19 in week 12.
Clearly Reed has lost the speed and agility that made him such a feared defender in the league. As a player who was notorious for being in the film room at all times, his body refused to let him bait quarterbacks and make up for mis-steps like he did earlier in his career which left him as a liability in the back of a secondary.
Let's all hope that Reed doesn't just fade into the sunset and is willing to take a one-day contract with the Ravens to end his illustrious career in the town where it all started.