NEW ORLEANS - Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed clarified his comments from Wednesday, when he was quoted as saying that he "could definitely" play for New England Patriots Bill Belichick and that he believes Belichick could help him "expand [his] football knowledge even more as a player."
Reed is scheduled to become a free agent after the season and it's been speculated that the Patriots will pursue Reed should he not re-sign with Baltimore. Belichick hasn't been shy about voicing his respect for Reed in the past and New England could use an upgrade at safety over a serviceable but less than spectacular Steve Gregory.
But on Thursday, Reed explained his remarks from a day earlier.
"The bad part about this is that you all ask the question, but don't write down everything that someone says," Reed said. "People only get a part of what the comment was. I don't have to say much about that. My heart is in Baltimore.
"The question is, 'Would I play for Bill Belichick?' Yes. What football player wouldn't play for Coach Belichick? Will I be in New England? Most likely not. It's just terrible that people get half of the story, and it's even (worse) when you hear the comments that they make toward you, but it comes with it."
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome told the NFL Network Tuesday that he plans to meet with Reed at some point during the next two weeks to discuss the safety's future with the team.
Reed's a nine-time Pro Bowler, and he's Baltimore's all-time leader in interceptions, but he's 34 years old and is admittedly not the same player that he once was from a physical standpoint, although Reed did tie for the Ravens' team-lead in interceptions (4) during the regular season.