Ravens’ Ed Reed Wants To Return Next Season


Jan 2013

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With Super Bowl XLVII only days away, the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens are set to go head-to-head in a battle between two of the best teams in the NFL. Baltimore will be riding the added emotion of Ray Lewis’ pending retirement while finally living up to the high expectations of the past few seasons with quarterback Joe Flacco under center. Although no one expected or predicted the Ravens would reach the Super Bowl after losing four of the last five games of the regular season, Baltimore has been able to defy the odds by beating arguably the two best teams in the postseason in consecutive weeks. In the Divisional round of the playoffs, the Ravens were able to travel to the Mile High City and come out with a win over the red-hot Denver Broncos after easily handling Andrew Luck’s Indianapolis Colts a week earlier. Peyton Manning and company were sporting an 11-game winning streak before taking on the Ravens in their first playoff game and were heavy favorites to advance. Fortunately for Baltimore, the Ravens were the better team on the day they faced the Broncos and advanced to the AFC Championship game after a double overtime thriller at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The following week was just as impressive in terms of the Ravens’ performance with Lewis and company going into Gillette Stadium and beating Tom Brady’s New England Patriots in convincing fashion. Now that the Ravens have defied the odds in consecutive weeks, the team will face arguably their toughest challenge in the form of Colin Kaepernick’s 49ers on Super Bowl Sunday. After the Super Bowl has come and gone, one big-name player on the team will ultimately be faced with a tough decision come March with veteran safety Ed Reed set to become a free agent. Speculation started to swirl about Reed considering retirement, but now that appears to be off the table with Reed saying he’ll return next season. The real question now will be whether or not that return will be with the Ravens or with another team. The Patriots are reportedly interested in Reed if he becomes a free agent with the Ravens passing on the opportunity to re-sign him.

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