With 11 seasons in the NFL to his credit, veteran safety Ed Reed has been considering retirement with new rules in the league impacting the way he plays the game.
Reed refused to talk about his plans following the season in terms of retirement, but now it appears the veteran is ready to return for at least one season according to ESPN.com:
“I’ll be playing next year,” Reed said Thursday before Baltimore hit the practice field in preparation for their Feb. 3 Super Bowl matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.
There was speculation that the 34-year-old Reed might retire after this season.
The Baltimore Ravens were able to pull off consecutive upset victories over the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots in order to advance to the Super Bowl.
Although Reed has chosen to return next season it doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be back with the Ravens. Speculation has started to circulate about Reed potentially signing with the Patriots. New England will be looking to upgrade their defense and Reed will be one of the most intriguing free agents on the open market.
The Patriots will have some tough decisions to make heading into the off-season with wide receiver Wes Welker and cornerback Aqib Talib set to become free agents in March. Both Welker and Talib are uncertain about whether or not they’ll be playing in New England next season with the team not exactly showing considerable interest in getting a deal done with either player.
As for Reed, the Ravens winning a Super Bowl title at the expense of the San Francisco 49ers will likely persuade him to re-sign with the team for at least another season or two.
Superstar linebacker Ray Lewis will not be following Reed in terms of returning to for another season with no intention of changing his mind on his retirement plans.