With the pending retirement of Baltimore Ravens' legend Ray Lewis, Super Bowl XLVII seemed to be the perfect end for a defense that has terrorized the league in excess of 10 years. A major part of that defense, veteran safety Ed Reed, said after the Ravens' 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers that he still has some gas left in the tank.
"This is not it," Reed shouted after the game, according to the Baltimore Sun. "This is not it. I'm not done."
Reed, who tied an NFL record with his ninth postseason interception Sunday, dealt with a myriad of injuries in 2012, leading some to speculate that he would retire alongside Lewis. But Reed sounded pretty certain of a return in 2013.
"It's all about right now," Reed said, according to the paper. "I'll reassess things the way I always do and we'll tune in and get back to you all. It's all about the moment. I'm not even thinking about this. I love this game. If I'm able to do it, I'll be doing it."
There are still some questions, however. Most notably: Where will Reed be playing? The safety becomes an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, and the Ravens may be in for an interesting dance in getting under the salary cap, especially now that quarterback Joe Flacco is looking to get paid. A lot.
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