Saints Could Pursue Safety Ed Reed

The New Orleans Saints could look to add safety Ed Reed to their secondary, according to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.

Reed collected 49 tackles and 4 interceptions for the Ravens in 2012, and was one of the leaders in the late charge that saw Baltimore collect its second Super Bowl championship in franchise history.

The physical, ballhawking safety would bring a swagger to the clearly lacking New Orleans stop unit. The Saints’ struggled mightily on the defensive side of the ball this season, in part due to the loss of head coach Sean Payton because of the Bountygate scandal, but bringing Reed and Payton back could return the defense to respectability.

Reed is also from the Louisiana and would likely jump at the chance to play for a contender in his home state, and it could be a deciding factor in where he plays next year.

While the defensive back has lost a step since his prime, he can still be an extremely effective player in the right role. Reed showed in Baltimore’s run to the Super Bowl that he is still a well-respected locker room leader and “quarterback” of a defensive unit, and would be a huge boost to New Orleans in general. The Ravens have many free agents to take care of after this run, including quarterback Joe Flacco and outside linebacker Paul Kruger, so don’t be surprised to see Reed on Bourbon Street next fall.

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