Ravens safety Ed Reed isn't planning on joining teammate Ray Lewis in retirement after the Super Bowl. "I'll be playing next year," Reed...
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ravens safety Ed Reed isn’t planning on joining teammate Ray Lewis in retirement after the Super Bowl.
“I’ll be playing next year,” Reed said Thursday before Baltimore hit the practice field in preparation for its Feb. 3 Super Bowl matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.
There was speculation that Reed, 34, might retire after this season.
Earlier this month, in announcing his intention to step down after the playoffs, Lewis spoke of taking a “last ride.”
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To which Reed said Thursday: “No, it’s not my last ride. I just bought a bike.”
Now in his 11th season, Reed hasn’t missed a start since 2010, when he sat out Baltimore’s first six games with a hip injury. This season, he was one of only two players on the Ravens defense (along with cornerback Cary Williams) to start all 16 games.
Reed has been selected to play in nine Pro Bowls, including each one since 2006.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Welcome to New York, John Idzik.
Hours after setting foot inside the Jets’ facility for the first time, the general manager managed to upset the team’s best player, Darrelle Revis.
Rather than temper the rumors regarding the Jets’ reported interest in trading the star cornerback, Idzik’s noncommittal stance on Revis’ future only helped to fuel the speculation — and stun Revis.
“Speechless !!!” Revis tweeted.
Rumors involving Revis ran rampant, courtesy of a CBS Sports report that said owner Woody Johnson is “very interested” in trading the three-time All-Pro, considered by many to be the league’s top cornerback. Revis can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2013 season, and his contract contains a clause that prohibits the Jets from designating him as their franchise player.
Idzik, who was a Seahawks executive before joining the Jets, said there will be a “constant influx of competition” on the team. And that includes the quarterback position.
Although Idzik offered little insight into the status of Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow, he later confirmed on ESPN radio that there will be competition among the quarterbacks.
• The New Orleans Saints fired defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo after being ranked last in total defense and run defense, yielding the most yards (7,042) ever in a season.
• The St. Louis Rams hired Rob Ryan as their defensive coordinator, ESPN reported. Ryan was fired as defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys on Jan. 8.
• Thousands of military service members and their families crowded a small field at Pearl Harbor to catch a glimpse of their favorite NFL stars as they practiced in the rain in preparation for Sunday’s Pro Bowl.