As one of the most-fined players in the NFL for hits on defenseless receivers, Ed Reed of the Baltimore Ravens is no stranger to the league dipping into his wallet more than a few times during the regular season and or playoffs.
After a hard hit on the New York Giants’ Victor Cruz in last week’s win, Reed has been fined by the league yet again according to NFL Insider Jay Glazer via Twitter:
Ed Reed has been fined another $55,000 for hit on Victor Cruz in Sundays game vs giants. No suspension but 55k fine
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) December 28, 2012
Immediately after the hit was made by Reed on Cruz, everyone at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore knew that a flag was coming. The flag immediately followed the helmet-to-helment hit and was thought to possibly cost Reed a one-game suspension by the league.
Fortunately for Reed and the Ravens, the NFL decided not to suspend the 34-year-old safety for the hit on Cruz, but rather slap him with another hefty fine of $55,000.
Over the past few years, the league has continued to crackdown on these hits on defenseless receivers. No player that makes these kinds of hits seem to go unpunished these days with Reed and other players like James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers constantly receiving fines.
Reed has been increasingly frustrated over the years with the NFL’s new policy on vicious hits like the one committed on Cruz last weekend. The veteran safety claims that the new rules prevent him from playing the style he’s grown accustomed to over the course of his football career.
The change in style has been so drastic for players like Reed and Harrison that some players have considered calling it a career as a result. Reed is no exception as he’s openly expressed this concern and may ultimately retire due to the frustration of not being able to change his style of play late in his career.