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Ed Reed is doing the Baltimore Ravens a small favor this weekend.
First, per NFL Communications, there is a negotiating period before the new NFL year kicks off:
Beginning at 12:00 midnight ET on Saturday, March 9 (i.e., after 11:59:59 p.m. ET, on Friday, March 8) and ending at 3:59:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 12, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2012 Player Contracts at 4:00 p.m. ET on March 12.
However, according to Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk, Reed does not have an agent, as he represents himself. Getting back to the negotiating period mentioned above, Reed's favor to Baltimore becomes clear:
If a player is self-represented, clubs are prohibited from discussions with the player during the negotiating period.
Therefore, Baltimore has until March 12 at 4 p.m. ET to talk with Reed before anyone else. Unfortunately, he has yet to hear from the team, as Reed stated in an interview with NFL AM via Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com:
"I haven't spoken to anyone. Hopefully that call comes soon," Reed said.
Asked about Bill Belichick's long-simmering appreciation of Reed, (he) made his intentions in free agency clear.
"I'm a Raven. I plan on being a Raven. I couldn't see me anywhere else right now," Reed said. "If it happens, I'm a football player. I can adapt to any situation."
Although he'll turn 35 years old early next season, Reed still brings the best of instincts to a defense. In short, he'll find a spot somewhere and make a strong impact.