But I do feel comfortable drawing a couple conclusions. One, if the overriding factor is going to be size of contract, the Ravens probably won't be re-signing him. General manager Ozzie Newsome and company have proven that they won't get overly sentimental, not even with a future Hall of Famer and one of the franchise's best ever players. The Ravens' mantra is "right player, right price." They have a dollar figure in mind for Reed and they won't – and probably can't given their salary cap restraints – stray too far from it. The Texans reportedly offered him close to $5 million per year. I'd be surprised if the Ravens would go that high. Two, despite little outward indications that the Ravens have aggressively wooed Reed, they have maintained interest all along. The Ravens don't put their business on the street. They don't tweet about free agent visits or publicize the depth of their interest. The reason that they didn't make their best offer early in the process is because they knew that the offer would get shopped to other teams and they are ill-equipped to win a bidding war. Three, the Ravens' chances of retaining Reed ultimately rest with the importance the 34-year-old places on playing his whole career in one city, and his desire to be the undisputed leader and mentor of a young defense. This is no slight on the retired Ray Lewis, but there are plenty of Ravens over the years that would tell you that the guy they looked up to was Reed. He's great with young players and revered in the locker room. If he comes back, he'll be the defense's primary leader. How much does that mean to Reed? We may find out this week.