As I was skimming through ESPN's NFL section I noticed a piece from James Walker who covers the AFC North for the site. In his blog he talked about future Hall of Famers in the North and for the Ravens he profiled FS Ed Reed.
Walker ultimately decided that "Reed is a virtual lock. But a Super Bowl title and/or another productive year or two for longevity's sake would erase any remaining shred of doubt."
Reed is tied with Champ Bailey for second on the NFL's active list in interceptions at 46. In those 46 interceptions, Reed has racked up 1,255 return yards, returning six of them for touchdowns. Reed also has seven picks in postseason play. That number would most likely be higher had Ray Lewis not tipped a few of Peyton Manning's passes in the 2007 playoff loss.
The numbers are there for Reed, but in my opinion, to guarantee a spot he needs to bring a Super Bowl title to Baltimore.
Walker brings up the same point: "Case against enshrinement: Although Reed has won big playoff games, his rÃ©sumÃ© is missing a championship. The closest Reed got was the 2008 AFC Championship Game, a close loss to Pittsburgh.
Longevity also could be an issue. Reed, 31, contemplated retirement this offseason because he's dealing with a nerve condition in his neck. With only eight seasons under his belt, Reed is playing on a year-to-year basis and likely won't pad his numbers much longer."
I feel a little crazy asking this question, but there are legitimate arguments for both sides.
Has Ed Reed secured a spot in the Hall of Fame once he retires?