Ed Reed has already expressed a willingness to sign with the New England Patriots, but the Pats aren't the only team that could pique the legendary safety's interest in 2013.
Yeah, oh yeah, man, I could definitely play for coach Belichick. He is a great coach. I'm sure he can help me to expand my football knowledge even more as a player and as a coach, so if I'm ever able to be around him, just like I was at the Pro Bowl, it's huge.
Adding Reed would be a tremendous boost for New England, as he'd give the team's defense as much of a lift as Tom Brady does for its offense.
And New England needs the help, too. Although the team's secondary improved from its dismal 2011 performance, it still allowed 7.7 yards per attempt to opposing passing attacks—the No. 28-ranked defense in this category in 2012.
The Patriots are appealing to Reed because they contend for a championship every single year, and because the team has enough cap space to make Reed a nice offer. According to ESPN's John Clayton, New England will begin the 2013 season $18.6 million under the cap.
So which teams might entice Reed to their corner, besides the Patriots?
Besides Ryan Clady, the Denver Broncos don't have any pressing free agents they need to re-sign.
Clady is going to demand a pretty penny, but according to Clayton, Denver enters the 2013 season $18.5 million under the cap.
Denver featured the No. 5-ranked pass defense in the NFL last year, allowing just 6.5 yards per attempt, but the playoffs exposed the team's secondary.
Denver is going all-in towards a championship as long as Peyton Manning is the man behind center, and the team really needs a free safety not named Rahim Moore.
Adding Reed to the team's secondary would be a smart move, and Reed would have a fantastic chance to make another Super Bowl run before he retires, should he move to the mile-high city.
The Ravens are in a tight spot financially right now, but a long-term deal with Joe Flacco could alleviate much of the pressure the team is currently under, provided it was structured in such a way that it freed up cap space this year.
According to the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson:
So, the Ravens are expected to be as much as $5 million over the salary cap before even potentially using the franchise tag on Flacco, which would place them as much as $20 million over. Restructuring hefty contracts for Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata would help the situation.
There's no doubt in my mind that Reed would love to spend the rest of his career with Baltimore. He is a franchise legend who could go out like Ray Lewis under the right circumstances, and I'm positive Baltimore will do what it can to keep him in the fold.
Reed may not be quite as dynamic as he was a few years ago, but he's still better than most players in the league. Don't be surprised to see him wearing purple and black in 2013.
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