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Ravens: John Harbaugh: 'Ed Reed will be here'

OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore 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. "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 him to be here."

Reed has acknowledged contemplating retirement in the past, and did so again during the Sirius NFL radio interview.

Hours later, though, the Times was provided a quote from Reed 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.

What's consuming Reed at this time?

"A totally different focus now, trying to care of my son, spend time with my sond and my family," Reed said during the radio interview. "Other things have taken priority."

"Not at the moment, honestly," Reed said when asked if he's 100 percent committed to playing this year. "Can I play at this level? Yes, I can play at the level, but committed to doing it right now?

"It's still May. I know time is kind of inching away at me. We do have a mandatory camp coming up that I'm still in deep thought about, because other things are important to me now."

No contract talks have been broached with Reed regarding a contract extension lately. Complicating any movement toward addressing that topic: Reed doesn't currently have an agent for the Ravens to negotiate with.

"It has nothing to do with negotiating," Reed said. "It's deeper than negotiating."