Ravens Safety Ed Reed Says He’s Healthy and Ready for 2011

It’s been a tough two seasons for Ravens all-world safety Ed Reed, but as Jamison Hensley of The Baltimore Sun reports, the safety is healthy and ready to go for 2011.

“I’m feeling fine,” Reed said on Wednesday. “I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t do the things that training camp requires because of longevity of my career and my life. After not going through training camp with the physical abuse of last year and playing the way I played, I would hope Coach (John Harbaugh) would be smart about how they handle me.

“I don’t think I have much to prove during training camp but it is the time to get in shape.”

In 10 games after coming off the PUP list, Reed made 37 tackles and intercepted a league-high eight passes, earning seventh trip to the Pro Bowl. During his nine-year career, Reed has 54 interceptions and 12 total touchdowns, including six on interception returns.

Earlier this offseason, Harbaugh said Reed told him he has “four or five more years” of football left in him.

Reed had two years and $13.7 million remaining on his current contract, and will turn 33 on September 11, the same day the Ravens are scheduled to open their 2011 regular season against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium. According to Hensley, Reed is open to working out a new contract that would allow him to retire a Raven.

“Right now, what makes sense for me is finishing out my career with the Ravens the next two years that I have on my contract or maybe me and the Ravens do another deal, finalize things for me going into my retirement,” Reed said of his contract situation. “It’s going to be what makes sense on both sides. I’m not asking them for anything right now.”

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