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Ed Reed may not want to leave Baltimore, but if he does, the Patriots' Bill Belichick wants him.
Ed Reed and Charles Woodson are New England's missing pieces right now.
The Patriots need to act now to win a Super Bowl because this team is extremely talented.
New England has bright spots in the secondary with Devin McCourty, Alfonzo Dennard, Kyle Arrington and the return of Ras-I Dowling from injury.
Reed and Woodson provide depth for a Patriots' secondary that could seriously use some help.
Until Talib got to New England, the Patriots lacked a true top cover corner and could not throw Dennard, as a seventh-rounder rookie, in that role.
Reed and Woodson allow the Patriots to move players around and put McCourty back into the cornerback role where he has struggled at times or keep him at safety, but either way he should have an easier time with Reed or Woodson backing him up.
According to Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Globe:
What we know right now is that Woodson is an unrestricted free agent and has indicated that he wants to continue playing with a contender to win his second Super Bowl title. The Patriots are certainly a contender, and need help in the secondary. Also, Woodson and Brady are friends, and Belichick has been a longtime admirer.
Belichick is a very smart coach who will only pull the trigger in free agency if the team really needs the help at a certain position.
Over the last two years, the Patriots' secondary has struggled and factored in as a major reason for the team's exits from the playoffs.
New England has the highest of expectations.
If the Patriots do not win a Super Bowl every season, it is considered a disappointment.
New England has the potential to make a huge acquisition that takes away from a conference rival and boost their own team's weakness, the secondary.
K.C. Joyner of ESPN.com says about Ed Reed,
When a team can take away a pillar of one of its top conference rivals and use that player in a way that positively impacts nearly every facet of the club, it is the kind of move that has the potential to go down in football history as one of the most impactful free agent signings ever. As long as Reed is willing to leave Baltimore, Belichick and the New England front office should do everything they can to make sure he is wearing a Patriots uniform in 2013.
It is time to make the move in free agency and use the extra salary cap space.
Woodson and Reed are out on the market and could be wooed to New England because both of these guys want a true contender and have connections to the team. Reed likes Belichick and Woodson played with Brady at Michigan.
It is rare to see two elite secondary players available at the same time in free agency.
Reed and Woodson are perfect for the Patriots and they should be sought after in the free agency period.