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Reed: 'I'll be playing next year'

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Reed: 'I'll be playing next year'

While it will be Ray Lewis' last ride with the Ravens, Ed Reed will be back.

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.

"I'll be playing next year, if that's what you're asking," Reed, 34, said during a media session Thursday as the Ravens rev up for the Feb. 3 Super Bowl vs. the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans. 

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. 

He made the Pro Bowl for the ninth time, and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning still calls Reed "the best safety in football."

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.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

Kick off your holiday weekend with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. One of the most obvious needs for the Ravens is help rushing the passer, and they're hoping to find some of that help on the interior in the form of free agent Gerald McCoy. The longtime Buccaneer DL visited Cleveland last week, but left town without agreeing to a contract.

Reportedly interested in playing for a contender, the former top-five pick is scheduled to visit the Ravens on Tuesday.

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson is still struggling to throw the ball, as he noted things aren't right yet when it comes to accuracy. Media members noticed the ball wobbling through the air on many throws, and Jackson told them he thinks his hand is too high on the ball. If he's going to successfully run Greg Roman's new offensive scheme, Jackson will eventually need to be able to hit his receivers in stride with greater regularity.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including how quarterback Lamar Jackson has fared during OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Following a January surgery on his left ankle, safety Tony Jefferson remains sidelined after the first week of OTAs. Originally, Jefferson was expected to return 4-6 weeks after surgery. However, now that it's 5 months later, his return timetable is becoming more and more concerning. 

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson spoke with Ravens media Thursday about his progress not only learning the new offense implemented by Offensive Coordinator, Greg Roman, but learning the names of his new teammates as well. After another day of OTAs, Jackson was his biggest critic despite a solid day of running plays namely passing drills. “I’d say my first day, I sucked,” Jackson said to Ravens media. “Second day, I did better. Today was alright, but it could have been better. I always try to be perfect in practice. It was alright for the first week.”

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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