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Baltimore Ravens Ed Reed maintains he is not retiring


Baltimore Ravens future Hall of Fame free safety Ed Reed told the Baltimore Sun that he has no plans to retire following the Ravens Super Bowl win over the San Francisco 49ers. In the game, Reed intercepted a pass and won a ring that affirms his status as one of the greatest safeties to ever play the game. The news that Reed is not willing to call it quits yet comes as no surprise, as Reed doesn’t seem like the guy who is going to hang up his spikes if he still feels he has something left to contribute. Even though his age has greatly cut his value as a run-stopper, nobody is signing Reed to be anything but a veteran free safety who can still pick off passes and play zone coverage with the best of them.

Here is what Reed said to the Baltimore Sun, “It’s all about right now. I’ll reassess things the way I always do and we’ll tune in and get back to you all. It’s all about the moment. I’m not even thinking about this. I love this game. If I’m able to do it, I’ll be doing it.”

He could be heard yelling in the locker room “This is not it. I’m not done.”

Judging by Reed’s performance this season, he definitely isn’t done making quarterbacks think twice about taking deep shots and second-guessing their downfield accuracy.

Reed will most likely stay with the Baltimore Ravens and retire in Baltimore, but there are obviously many rumors floating around that it won’t be the case. The Ravens are over the cap and still have to get a big deal done with Joe Flacco this offseason, so Reed could end up with the New England Patriots or Indianapolis Colts. A report from Jason La Canfora hinted that the safety-needy Colts are the favorites to land Reed, so we’ll see what the future holds for Reed. But one thing is for certain, Reed will be playing in the NFL in 2013. You can bank on that.

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