The New England Patriots' secondary became much better this season after they acquired cornerback Aqib Talib at the trade deadline and moved former starting cornerback Devin McCourty over to safety.
According to Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com, "one personnel executive" said that he wouldn't be surprised if the Baltimore Ravens let the veteran free safety walk in the offseason.
In response, Jeremiah referenced the Patriots and Indianapolis Colts as possible landing spots for Reed. Belichick has always expressed great admiration for Reed, and Reed is very close with Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano.
The Patriots have always been an explosive offensive squad behind Tom Brady (they averaged 34.8 points per contest this season, tops in the NFL), but they did have trouble stopping the pass at times in 2012.
Should the Patriots go after Ed Reed in the offseason?
Adding an experienced player on the back end who just earned his ninth career Pro Bowl selection would add stability to the Patriots' secondary and potentially fill a hole for them moving forward.
Reed may turn 35 years old in September, but he knows the game and he's shown that he can still play ball, registering four interceptions and three forced fumbles for the aggressive Ravens defense this season.
It's been a frustrating run for the Patriots since winning Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005, making the playoffs in seven of the past eight seasons, but ultimately failing to add more hardware to the franchise's history.
But those who say that this is the end of the road for the Patriots are being short-sighted. There isn't an overwhelming powerhouse in the AFC at the current time, and New England has another offseason to patch things up. Adding someone with extensive postseason experience like Reed could be just the ticket to another title.
Plus, we all know players love to succeed against their former teams on the grand stage. Reed could conceivably boost the Patriots over the Ravens next season in the playoffs.
What are your thoughts?