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New England Patriots to give Ed Reed $5 million?

According to league sources close to the Boston Globe, the New England Patriots will try to bring Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed to the team by giving him $5 million per year. If this happens, then the Patriots will likely not key in on drafting a safety early on in the 2013 NFL Draft, and they will instead go for a wide receiver.

Reed has always been mentioned in rumors as a target for the New England Patriots, and Greg Bedard’s piece is the first time that a source has directly linked Ed Reed to the Patriots. $5 million is a significant amount of money to give to Reed, and I made a case against him going to the Pats about ten days ago.

He would help the team, though, and everyone knows that Bill Belichick loves the classy future Hall of Famer. The Ravens have made it known that they want to bring Reed back next year, but they have an uncertain cap situation and still have to give Joe Flacco a huge contract. $5 million per year might not be something the Ravens can match, especially if the Indianapolis Colts (the other team heavily linked to signing Ed Reed) decide to top the amount that the Patriots will presumably offer.

Reed, per CBS Sports, and the Ravens have not talked about a new contract yet, and he is also reportedly looking to sign an agent. The Ravens have several other issues to attend to right now, Flacco and Dannell Ellerbe, but Reed is definitely somebody that this team would love to keep in Baltimore.

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