OWINGS MILLS - Ed Reed's future with the Baltimore Ravens remains murky with the beginning of free agency now less than a week away.
Reed has said in the past that he wants to remain with the Ravens, and Baltimore coach John Harbaugh has said that he wants Reed back in Baltimore. But Reed, an impending free agent, told the NFL Network Monday that he's yet to have any conversations with the Ravens regarding his future since the end of the season.
"No discussions since the post-party after the Super Bowl," Reed told the NFL Network. "I had a couple conversations, but I haven't spoken to anyone yet. As of right now I'm a Raven and will be a Raven until otherwise, but I haven't spoken to anybody. Hopefully that call comes soon."
Reed is one of four key Ravens defenders scheduled to become unrestricted free agents March 12.
But Baltimore has limited money to spend under the salary cap and retaining inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, another impending free agent, is thought to be the team's biggest priority now that it's worked out a long-term deal with quarterback Joe Flacco.
So where does that leave Reed?
He's a nine-time Pro Bowler and is considered one of the premier defensive players of the last decade, but he'll be 35 in September and is admittedly not the same player he once was from a physical standpoint.
Reed earned $7.2 million last season in the final year of the six-year, $44.4 million contract he signed in 2006.
Reed was asked during the interview on NFL Network Monday whether his next contract should be more reflective of his past accomplishments or more based around what of he can still do.
His response: both.
Reed hinted at retirement the previous two offseasons - largely a result of a painful nerve impingement he's dealt with in his neck and shoulder the past several years - but he said Monday that he felt better physically last year than he had the previous few years.
"I still feel like I'm able to be effective," Reed said. "It's proven. If you cut the tape on, it's proven."
But will Reed remain in Baltimore?
Ravens cornerback Cary Williams, another impending free agent for Baltimore, told the Carroll County Times of Reed last week: "I know for a fact that Ed wants to be a Baltimore Raven for a lifetime, and now it's up to the Baltimore Ravens to make that decision."Said Reed Monday: "I'm a Raven. I plan on being a Raven. I couldn't see me anywhere else right now."