Originally posted on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 9/13/12

Baltimore Ravens 11-year veteran safety Ed Reed is in the final year of his contract. He has hinted at retirement for the last several years. Reed lobbied for a new deal before the start of training camp but it never came.

General Manager Ozzie Newsome has a history of letting go of veteran players before they get too long in the tooth, especially when they demand large contracts. Is the writing on the wall for Reed?

Starting safety Bernard Pollard is only in his seventh year, and the team would have no trouble picking up another younger veteran safety. Reed is expendable, but certainly not replaceable.

Pollard hits harder, tackles more and plays the more consistent game.… Read more

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