- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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NEW ORLEANS -- While it may have been stating the obvious, general manager Ozzie Newsome made it known for the first time publicly that quarterback Joe Flacco isn't going anywhere in 2013.
The Ravens will either sign Flacco to a long-term deal or they will put the franchise tag on him (which could eventually turn into a multi-year agreement). There's no way Baltimore is going to let Flacco leave as a free agent in March.
“We’ll be able to get that thing done,” Newsome said of Flacco's new deal. “But one thing we do know, he’ll be playing football for us next year. And sometimes that’s all you can look forward to is just next year.”
There was no such guarantee when asked about safety Ed Reed. He's scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent after making $7.2 million in 2012.
A nine-time Pro Bowl player, Reed will turn 35 at the start of next season. This is the biggest decision facing the Ravens organization this offseason.
“I’m going to sit down and talk with Ed once it’s all said and done,” Newsome said. “I know he’s totally focused on winning this game in his hometown, and then once the air clears, Ed and I have gotten to a point where he and I can really talk man-to-man, and I think we’ll be able to have that conversation a week or two from now.”