Former Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed was released from the Houston Texans on Tuesday. Reed spent 11 seasons in Baltimore prior to his time in Houston after signing with the Texans as a free agent on March 22, 2013.
While Ravens fans would love to see Reed retire in purple, the Ravens have shown zero intention of signing the nine-time Pro Bowler.
“There are no plans to change our secondary personnel at this time,” head coach John Harbaugh told reporters on Tuesday after hearing the news. “We’re happy with what we have. Our guys are playing well, so that’s where we’re at.”
The Ravens had to do some shuffling in the secondary during the offseason after releasing both Ed Reed and strong safety Bernard Pollard. James Ihedigbo backed up Pollard in the Ravens’ 2012 Super Bowl season and Harbaugh announced at the end of the 2013 preseason that Ihedigbo would be the starting strong safety.
The Ravens drafted rookie Matt Elam from the University of Florida in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Elam was named the starting free safety for the Ravens in the early weeks of the 2013 season.
The secondary struggled at the beginning, but Ihedigbo and Elam have stepped up to better the unit. Elam’s problems at the beginning of the season were centered around an adjustment from college football to professional football. Ihedigbo’s play is improving more and more each game. In Week 10 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Ihedigbo notched his first two interceptions of his NFL career.
While the Ravens had problems early on regarding the safety positions, the team has turned those problems around and have found a working pair in Ihedigbo and Elam.
Reed’s return to Baltimore is highly unlikely and for good reason. In addition to the Ravens having already found a replacement for Reed, it’s inevitable that Reed is not the player that he once was. He is slower and prone to injury. And he knows it.
“I’m not perfect,” Reed said on Sunday. “I know I’m held to a high standard because of what I’ve done in the past, but that was the past.”