Ed Reed and the Patriots?

We know that Ray Lewis is calling it a career after Sunday's game, but there has also been plenty of speculation about what teammate Ed Reed will do at season's end. He will be a free agent, and there have been rumors that if he doesn't retire, too, he may walk away to a new team. That includes logical rumors about joining the New England Patriots, a team that has often picked up aging veterans and had success with them. Per the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe, Reed said he could see himself playing for coach Bill Belichick in the future.

"Yeah, oh yeah, man, I could definitely play for coach Belichick," Reed said. "He is a great coach. I'm sure he can help me to expand my football knowledge even more as a player and as a coach, so if I'm ever able to be around him, just like I was at the Pro Bowl, it's huge. It's the reason why I wear my sweater cut off a little bit. He's the first guy I saw like, 'That's cool.' You know, that's cool. He cuts those sweater sleeves, and he'll be comfortable. So there's a reason why. Most people will tell you around the facility that's how I look. It's just a blessing to even have met, to know coach Belichick."

We'll see how quickly Reed expresses his plans for 2013 after the Super Bowl, but it seems clear that the Pats would be a front-runner for his services if he opts to leave the Ravens.