After winning a second Super Bowl title of his 17-year career in the NFL, superstar linebacker Ray Lewis is ready to walk away from the game with a storybook ending. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year seemingly has no intention of returning and few can blame him with the way he went out on top.
Veteran safety Ed Reed on the other hand feels a bit differently. Reed has been rumored to be considering retirement over the course of the 2012 NFL season, but didn’t make a definitive statement about his immediate future until one week before Super Bowl XLVII.
With the Ravens getting the best of the San Francisco 49ers, Reed was thought to possibly be considering a change of heart in terms of retirement, but that doesn’t appear to be the case with the veteran letting it be known after winning his first Super Bowl title that he’ll be returning next season via Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun:
Following the Ravens’ 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Reed declared in the locker room emphatically that he has more football left in him.
“This is not it,” Reed shouted. “This is not it. I’m not done.”
Regardless of Reed’s intention to return to the gridiron next season, one of the team’s best players may not be coming back to Baltimore to help defend the title.
Reed will officially become a free agent on March 12 with teams already taking interest in signing the veteran safety. The New England Patriots appear to be the most interested party moving forward and Reed seems to be open to playing for the Patriots with great respect for head coach Bill Belichick.
Even though the Patriots may be atop the list of potential suitors for Reed’s services in the secondary, many more teams will likely emerge with interest in the veteran to help bolster their defense next season.