Nearly lost in the Colts' dominant victory over the Ravens was the announcement that safety Ed Reed is contemplating retirement. We'd be remiss in not giving this the full attention it deserves.

Reed was (and perhaps still is) a player who fully embodied the idea of a "playmaker". Amassing 46 interceptions in only six years in the league, he was nearly always a threat to score. Reed had six pick-six interceptions, and averaged more than 27 yards per interception return. It seemed sometimes as if throwing away from Reed wasn't entirely effective in keeping him from taking one back; he was everywhere at once. Reed's last game provided a bittersweet coda to his career; he fumbled one long interception return and had another one nullified by a penalty.

If Reed decides to retire, it's a fair bet that opposing quarterbacks will offer up thanks to the football gods -- that is, until Troy Polamalu returns from injury.

spraven882

Reed should retire cause of his health and family, his injury's are way too serious. Selfishly, we need him out there though, hope he gives us 4-5 more years...

-- spraven882
T-SIZZLE555223

This has been going on for three year's he is not going any where his neck was hurt in 05 so that tells you he will play as long as he can make play's. If you notice he can not tackle he dives and hopes he rapes up. I'm not critisising Reed I love him he is a Raven but he will play next year and this is not a new injury. If the Ravens get wr he will defintly be back next year. Number 20 will be worn by Ed Reed.

-- T-SIZZLE555223

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