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Harbaugh 'very hopeful' the Ravens will retain Reed

PHOENIX - Ed Reed's future with the Baltimore Ravens remains murky, but Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday that he's "very hopeful" the team will find a way to retain Reed, who's an unrestricted free agent.

Harbaugh said he talked to Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome about Reed as recently as Monday night.

"I think it's kind of a situation where we know Ed really well," Harbaugh said. "Ed and I are very close and I know he would tell you the same. We've had text conversations back and forth, which is how we communicate in the offseason. ...

"He's had his healthiest year that he's had in the last few years. He was a great leader. Our relationship has just blossomed. It's been good, but this year with Ed especially we really just got close. The leadership he brought to the team ... was really fantastic."

Still, it appears unlikely Reed will be back in Baltimore.

Reed is reportedly seeking a contract that will pay him at least $6 million this season and the Ravens have limited money to spend under the salary cap.

Reed visited the Houston Texans last week, but he left Houston without a deal and, according to the Houston Chronicle, Reed and the Texans were "not close" to a deal as of Tuesday.

Houston reportedly offered Reed a three-year contract worth around $4 million per season.

The San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts have also been mentioned as potential suitors for Reed, and Harbaugh said the Ravens remain in contact with Reed as well.

"We're still talking [with Ed]," Harbaugh said. "I don't think it's going to be anything that [plays out] real fast at this point. I guess it could change at any time, but we'll just have to see."

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