Ed Reed Signs With Athletes First Before End Of Tampering Window

Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed (20) has signed with Athletes First after going a while without representation.
Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed (20) has signed with Athletes First after going a while without representation.

Less than a year ago, Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed was called a terrible sports agent.  The joke was that he had been representing himself and making statements, especially on Twitter, which failed to cast a positive light on him and his situation in Baltimore.  However, the rumor, even a year ago, was that he was searching around for the right agent.

According to NFL Network reporter Albert Breer, Reed has finally made a selection.  He has chosen David Dunn of Irvine, California-based Athletes First.

Ravens S Ed Reed has hired Athletes First to represent him. Plenty of connections there, with Reggie Wayne and Ray Lewis part of that team.
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Why Reed waited so long to make a decision is anybody’s guess.  For instance, if NFL teams heeded the league’s notice that, “If a player is self-represented, clubs are prohibited from discussions with the player during the negotiating period” (referencing the brief “tampering window,” which ends at 4 p.m. EST today), then Reed could not do himself any favors over the past few days.  That said, many agents believe the tampering window failed to provide much value.  Further, now that Reed has an agent, that agent can speak to teams in advance of the expiration of the window.

For what it is worth, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk says a Ed Reed may be headed to the San Francisco 49ers.

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