With the NFL’s new salary cap structure, it no longer makes sense to be surprised when a team parts ways with a guy who has been a fixture with the organization forever.
That’s the case with Ed Reed. After 11 seasons in Baltimore and winning his first Super Bowl with the Ravens last year, Reed signed with the Houston Texans last week after he and the Ravens couldn’t come to terms on a deal. However, Ravens owner Ozzie Newsome fully supported Reed seeking employment elsewhere, and the split was very amicable on both parts.
Today, Reed took out a full-page ad in the Baltimore Sun, thanking Ravens fans for their support.
According to USA Today (via Baltimore Sun), here’s an image of the ad:
And here’s what the ad actually says:
Ravens Nation, My eleven seasons in Baltimore were more than I would have ever imagined, which is why I have such deep love for you all. I will forever cherish my time with the Ravens and the chills that ran down my spine when I finally kissed the Lombardi Trophy. Special thanks to the City, Team, Organization and all the Fans! I’m going to miss being a part of this tremendous team and organization, but I’ll always be Baltimore and my Foundation will remain in this community, this is not a goodbye, but a See You Soon. Thank you for everything Baltimore, God Bless you. ED REED #20