Reporting Jerry Coleman
Veteran safety Ed Reed is heading into the final year of his contract. The future Hall of Famer- who had a “dramatic” off-season says he wants to stay in Baltimore. “I know (General Manager Ozzie Newsome) and they know I want to be here.” The Ravens drafted Reed in the first round in 2003, and he said that he has tremendous respect for the organization that first brought him into the NFL. That respect, he said, is mutual. “Obviously, they gave me a chance back in 2003 to come here and play. And I know they have respect for me.”
Reed does not have an agent and he conceded that may have worked against him. Nonetheless, he’s uncertain if the club will try to work out an extension before this season, or wait until after his contract expires. “Being that I don’t have an agent, I don’t know how they’re going to go about it,” Reed said. “I know we tried to deal with things last season, that’s why things have been talked about the way they have been because I had to deal with it myself. That’s the way I choose going about it in this business.”
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Reed, heading into his 11th season is now 33 years old and would definitely like to play beyond this season -health permitting. Yet Reed admits “what the body tells you is something different.” His health might be a concern but Reed is worrying about it. He said “those things are part of football and you just have to be a smart football player to make sure you’re doing the rehab, the things you have to do to get yourself ready for the grueling part of the season.” He is very focused with the new season approaching and says “I’m focused on the season and that’s all I’m worried about right now, is getting my teammates better, getting myself better and getting ready to go forward with the season.” Even though the Ravens defense gets older, they still finish in the top five every year, and Reed wants to be a part of it again.