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.
In the Ravens' first preseason game of 2019, Lamar Jackson stood on the sideline with 9:44 left in the fourth quarter, up 26-0 on the Jacksonville Jaguars, chatting with OT Orlando Brown.
Brown, entering his sophomore season with Jackson and the Ravens as well, said something to make Jackson react quickly. The Checkdown revisited that reaction on Twitter this week.
At the Ravens' player availability Thursday, Lamar Jackson laughed at the latest viral content he has played a starring role in.
In a fun press conference where the players embrace brotherhood and fun as a team throughout the season, Jackson admitted he truly does not know what caused the abrupt reaction.
Perhaps he was suggesting that Jackson move to wide receiver?
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The Ravens are the hottest team in the NFL, and their signal-caller Lamar Jackson leads all players in Pro Bowl voting.
The NFL announced today that Jackson has a nearly 30,000-vote lead on Chiefs' star Patrick Mahomes.
Jackson has been taking the league by storm through the first 10 games of the season. Baltimore is sitting in second place in the AFC and has standout wins over Seattle, New England and Houston going into Week 12.
The Ravens lead all clubs in votes with five players currently sitting atop the totals at their respective position in the AFC.
In addition to Jackson, FB Patrick Ricard, RT Orlando Brown Jr., LG Marshal Yanda, DB Marcus Peters and PK Justin Tucker are all currently leading in Pro Bowl voting in the AFC.
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