In an interview with his former teammate Lardarius Webb, Ed Reed stated he is "still preparing to play." Reed was attending a charity softball game at M&T Bank Stadium; Reed says he "knows teams that needs safeties." Reed also stated he is "Not going to be in anybody's training camp."
It sounds like Ed is waiting for a particular team to contact him saying "It would have to be the right fit." While it is true that this could be a number of things, or just Reed trying not to sound desperate, it could also be him trying to reunite with his original team the Ravens who he had 9 pro bowl seasons out of 11 with. Or could it be the Jets who he revived his season with last year? Either way if Reed is signed it probably won't be until the end of the off season, or possibly even during the season.
There is no doubt Reed has lost a step, or even two, but he can still be good in a mentor's role. Reed also showed he can still make some plays grabbing 3 INTs for the Jets last year. While it would seem Reed would be confined to a backup role, the Jets might be a good landing spot for him. He could help Dawan Landry mentor the younger safeties in Calvin Pryor, Antonio Allen, and Josh Bush. Surely Rex Ryan would be pulling for the Jets to bring Reed back, and as the off season rolls on it would make the notion much cheaper. Reed also stated he "knows his worth" at this point in his career.
The Jets signed Reed for the veteran's minimum at 380k for the remainder of the season. Obviously a safe investment for that price. While Reed wasn't a great signing, he wasn't a horrible one either. If he could come that cheaply to the Jets again for the veteran's minimum, which for Reed would probably be somewhere around 900-950k, that would also be another safe investment to help bolster a suspect secondary. While the real need in the secondary is CB, some reinforcements wouldn't hurt.
Edited by NYJetsVets91, 01 June 2014 - 08:33 PM.