OWINGS MILLS ~ The Ravens fully expect star free safety Ed Reed to play football this fall, according to coach John Harbaugh.
Reed indicated last week in a radio interview that he wasn’t 100 percent committed for this season and had contemplated retirement, later backtracking from those remarks.
"Ed is a guy that I really trust and really care about," Harbaugh said. "I believe in him. There’s been no indication that he’s not going to play this year as far as I’m concerned.
"I don’t worry about Ed. Ed’s a mature guy. He’s a superstar. He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He’s a leader. Ed will be here. We’re counting on Ed being here."
Reed acknowledged contemplating retirement during the interview, but hours later 24×7 was provided a quote from him where he said he planned to continue to play football.
"It’s not about retirement, it’s about my focus in the offseason, health, family and football," said Reed, who has battled hip, neck and shoulder injuries in recent years. "This is the time of year where players think through things. My goal is to play football in the years to come."
Reed, 33, is entering the final year of a six-year, $44.2 million contract and is due a $7.2 million base salary this season.
He mentioned having other priorities at this time during the offseason, including spending time with his son and family.
"What does he really mean by that?," Harbaugh said. "I think he’s talking about the offseason. He’s got a lot of things going on, that’s what he said. He’s working on personal things. I guarantee you he’s training, I guarantee you that he’s getting ready for the season. That’s just Ed."