Jets defensive backs Ed Reed, Antonio Cromartie seek turnovers, sport ‘Wanted’ shirts (photos)
The New York Jets have had some difficulty this season generating turnovers. Heading into Sunday’s showdown with the Baltimore Ravens, the Gang Green have generated a paltry seven turnovers, five interceptions along with two fumble recoveries.
The fact that the Jets offense has turned the ball over 21 times for a differential of -14, a surprising statistic given the Jets are sitting at 5-5 after ten games. The team’s record could be far, far worse.
Recently signed safety Ed Reed realizes that if the Jets are to get on a roll and make it to the postseason, the defense needs to start tipping that turnover differential to a more favorable ratio, so he designed an old-style Western “Wanted” shirt, that indicates a $20,000 “Reward” for any turnover, be it “In The Air Or On The Ground.”
On Thursday, both Reed and cornerback Antonio Cromartie were spotted sporting the same black t-shirts.
Antonio Cromartie and Ed Reed are wearing this T Shirt… #jets #nfl pic.twitter.com/kXzDteXW5O
— Jane McManus (@janesports) November 21, 2013
Ed Reed said he won’t pay the reward promised on his shirt if he nabs a turnover vs. Ravens. pic.twitter.com/oSfbOSNj0X
— A.J. Perez (@ajperezsports) November 21, 2013
But Reed made it clear the shirts were only meant as a joke, a smart move, given how the tees could be interpreted as a quasi-Bountygate kind of situation.
“No, I’m not offering 20 grand for a turnover,” Reed said, according to an ESPN.com report. I like how you tried to work that. It’s a shirt, man. I like how you did that. It’s funny how you guys twist our words.”
Reed might have a little extra motivation heading into Sunday’s game, given that he spent the first eleven seasons of his Hall of Fame career playing for the Ravens.
When asked if he’d like to get a pick on Sunday, Reed reportedly smiled and replied, “Ask me after the game when I pick one.”
Well, he does have the shirt.