WESTMINSTER, Md., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- After missing the first week of training camp, safety Ed Reed finally agreed Saturday to a five-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens' first-round pick and 24th overall selection, Reed was expected to step into the starting free safety spot after the team waived Rod Woodson. However, the lost time may change Baltimore's plans.
"He missed a lot this week and he's going to have a lot of work catching up," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "It's disappointing that he missed a full week."
However, new Ravens coordinator Mike Nolan is counting on Reed to catch up and make an instant impact.
"Ed will fill right in because we know he's a hard worker," Nolan said. "He'll be one of the starters at safety, and we'll see how quickly we put him there once he begins practice."
Reed's first on-field activity will be Monday's full-padded practice.
The 5-11 Reed was one of four players from Miami's national championship team to be selected in the first round. He was named Big East Conference co-Defensive Player of the Year while earning all-America honors in 2001. He recorded nine interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns, and added nine passes defensed and 44 tackles.