The love affair between Ed Reed and Bill Belichick is well established, which only adds to the intrigue. Belichick has been praising Reed’s work ethic, drive and intelligence since his first days in the NFL, and their week together at the 2006 Pro Bowl only deepened the mutual admiration between the two. That respect has continued just continued to grow, and Reed’s flirtation with free agency could finally see the pair link up full time. The Patriots have been rumored to have serious interest in signing Reed this offseason and Reed even said he could “definitely” see himself playing for Belichick. Reed has said a number of times, especially after winning the Super Bowl, that he wants to return to the Ravens but general manager Ozzie Newsome has yet to make that desire a reality. So, with the free-agent negotiations already ongoing and the market officially opening up on Monday, the Patriots still have a fighting chance to land the All-Pro safety — and what a game changer he would be. Since entering the league back in 2002, Reed has developed into one of the best safeties in the NFL today and quite possibly even the single best of all-time. He’s racked up nearly 60 tackles per season and more than 61 total interceptions over his 11-year career, which are great numbers for any defensive back, but his impact is rooted even deeper than numbers could show.