This isn't Ed Reed's 'last ride'

January, 24, 2013
1/24/13
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OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- When you think of the Ravens' defense over the past decade, it's Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. With Lewis announcing his retirement, could this be Ed Reed's last ride as well?

"Nah, it's not my last ride," Reed said Thursday while cracking a smile. "I just bought a bike."

All joking aside, winning the Super Bowl in his hometown of New Orleans would seem like a perfect way to end a career. But Reed made his intentions clear when asked a second time if he had any thoughts of retiring this year.

"I'll be playing next year, if that's what you all are asking," Reed said. "Next question."

The future of Reed is in question. He's an unrestricted free agent in March and it's unknown whether he'll be back with the Ravens. There's a chance the Ravens could put the franchise tag on Reed if they can get a long-term deal done with quarterback Joe Flacco.

Reed, who is in his 11th season, has had a quiet postseason. He hasn't made any plays but he hasn't given up any either.

It's been seven games without an interception for Reed and he hasn't broken up a pass in three of his past four games.

But Reed has a history of stepping up in the playoffs. His eight career postseason interceptions are the most among active players.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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