By TPR Staff

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For the past two days, it appeared that long time Ravens icon and future hall of famer Ed Reed was ready to join the mass exodus of free agents to leave Baltimore. But after receiving a contract offer from the Houston Texans after a lengthy visit, rumor has it that he is returning to Ozzie Newsome to see if his only employer at this level in his career will help him to retire as a Raven.

The Texans spared no expense in recruiting the services of Reed, even sending the private jet of team owner Bob McNair to his home in Atlanta to fly him to Reliant Stadium in Houston for the pitch. Things seemed to progress well as he even stayed the night in Houston and visited the Houston night scene with former college teammates Andre Johnson and Chris Myers.

When even Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is tweeting about Ed Reed and how intelligent he is, one had to think that this deal was close to done and there were many reports of it being close. A local interview with Andre Johnson even said when he called Reed to congratulate him on his Super Bowl win, he responded “Thank you, now get me to Houston next year.”

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All of the pieces seemed to fit as Houston let their starting safety Glover Quin, who is seven years younger than Reed, walk to Detroit in free agency with little to no attempts at resigning him. Either they thought Ed Reed was a done deal or they put all their eggs in one basket. It’s rare that a player spends two days at the facilities with a team and then leaves without a deal in place, but his loyalty to Baltimore is understandable.

In eleven seasons with the Ravens, Reed has posted some of the best numbers for his position in league history. The ballhawk has 61 career interceptions and has took 7 of them back to the house for a touchdown. He has also generated interest from the Colts and 49ers, but no word has come forward if he still intends to make those scheduled visits.  So will the Ravens match the offer?

To me, it appears similar to the position that Ray Lewis was in a couple of years ago when he had a great offer on the table from the Cowboys, but in the end loyalty prevailed. Ozzie Newsome is maybe the most crafty GM in the game and if anyone can figure it out, he will. But with the team up against it after the huge contract they gave Joe Flacco, he won’t be getting $7 million per season from them.

Unless loyalty is too much to overcome, my bet is he ends up going back to Houston. He feels that he owes it too much to the only team he has ever played for to not give them the opportunity to match the offer and help him retire a Raven. But NFL free agency is just crazy like that. Time will tell.

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