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Ed Reed Will Play For The Ravens, Unlikely To Get A New Contract

Ed Reed was reportedly contemplating retirement following the 2009 season because of a hip injury. While surgery may force him to miss the start of the season, he will be play for the Ravens in 2010.

He also hinted publicly that he was looking for a new contract. That seems unlikely.

NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi updated the situation on Thursday, telling "NFL Total Access" that Reed isn’t getting a new contract, and would have to pay back the Ravens a portion of his $5.2 million signing bonus if he decides to retire not due to injury.

Reed said he told the Ravens he’ll be playing this season, and it sounds as though he’ll be doing so under his current deal.

This doesn't make sense on a number of a levels. First, Reed has three years remaining on his current deal so there's no motivation to give him a new deal. Second, he'll be coming off of hip surgery and his future is certainly not guaranteed. Third, he's going to miss a portion of this season with the injury so I wonder if he wants to take that into account when looking for a new deal.

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