Ed Reed: "I'll be playing next year"
Reed has complained about not having a contract beyond this season with the Ravens, but the soon-to-be free agent -- who has repeatedly talked of retirement for several years now -- made it clear that he'll be in uniform somewhere for 2013-14.
Reed, a New Orleans native, is playing in the Super Bowl for the first time in 11 seasons. The safety has dealt with torn cartilage in his shoulder since Week 3 and has been in the crosshairs of the league office for illegal hits on defenseless receivers, tallying more than $100,000 in fines though avoiding suspension.
But his future with the Ravens is murky at best. Reed threatened to hold out of training camp if he didn't get a new deal, but it was a bluff. He reported on time and tied cornerback Cary Williams for a team-high 4 interceptions in the regular season.
In the season-opener vs. the Cincinnati Bengals, Reed returned an interception 63 yards for a TD to set an NFL record for interception return yardage.