Ed Reed will play the collision sport for one more year in violent ‘Charm City’


Ed Reed is a true football legend.

Future Hall of Fame free safety Ed Reed told Sirius/XM NFL Radio hosts Adam Schein and Rich Gannon during an interview on Thursday that health concerns have him again mulling retirement.

Reed, a native of Louisiana who has played his entire professional career in Baltimore since being selected by the Ravens with the 24th pick in the 2002 NFL Draft out of the University of Miami, has considered walking away from the collision sport for the past few years.

“It’s still May,” said Reed, 33, an eight-time All-Pro who was rightfully voted a member of the 2000s NFL All-Decade Team. “We do have a mandatory camp coming up [it's scheduled for June 12-14] that I’m still in deep thought about because other things are important to me now.”

The 2004 AP Defensive Player of the Year, one of the most dominant safeties in league history, has long battled injuries.

Unfortunately for Reed and the Ravens, superstar linebacker Terrell Suggs will likely miss the entire upcoming season due to a torn achilles tendon he suffered while training on April 28.

The loss of the 29-year-old Suggs, a five-time Pro Bowl selection who earned the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year award, is a severe shot to the testicles for Baltimore.

Nevertheless, Reed is in the final year of his contract and legendary linebacker Ray Lewis is 37 and nearing the end of his career.

Plus, embattled quarterback Joe Flacco showed serious signs of growth on the gridiron in January and he may be prepared to help the Ravens advance into February.

The superstar Hurricane of yesteryear has never won a Super Bowl and, with or without Suggs, 2012 will be his final realistic opportunity to capture an elusive Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Therefore, expect Ed Reed to perform for one last autumn in the notoriously violent “Charm City.”

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