Former Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed met with the media in Baltimore Sunday during former teammate Lardarius Webb's charity softball game at M&T Bank Stadium.
Here is what he had to say:
On whether it brought back memories to be back on the field at M&T Bank Stadium: "Yeah, man. Making my legs hurt (laughter). Nah, man. It does. Just walking in the locker room, talking with coach [Harbaugh], seeing the guys come in, it definitely brings back memories, man. Anytime I come into Baltimore, it brings back memories."
On whether he is still preparing to play: "Yes. Definitely preparing to play. If I wasn't, you would have heard something by now. But yeah, the offseason is going great. Spending time with my family. Not in any rush at all. Learned a lot about the process last year, and I know my worth, so I'm taking my time, getting myself all the way back to where I want to be, and it'll come back down to it somewhere in season. I'll probably end up somewhere — or not."
On whether he could see sitting out training camp and joining a team later on: "I'm not going to anybody's training camp. I sat and watched the league last year from a different perspective, and I learned a lot, and I saw they had teams that needed safeties in the latter part of the year. So right now, I'm just about taking care of me and getting myself back to [where] there is no question on my part. I know you guys [the media] may question it, but I'm not worried about that. It's about how I feel."
On what he learned in his first year away from Baltimore: "I learned so much as a coach, as a player, just being in a different organization and seeing how they run things coming from an organization where I was here for 11 years. And to go to two organizations in one year, my locker was around free agents when I was here for a reason. And to experience what those guys experienced, it was like nothing I could prepare for. To experience what they go through, it really taught me a lot. And from a coaching perspective, I really learned a lot as well, just how coaching styles are. Like I said, from being around coach Harbaugh, being around coach Billick, having so many defensive coordinators, I had a different perspective when I left, and I definitely learned a lot when I went to those two organizations."
On whether he could see himself re-joining the Ravens organization at some point: "I think I can help pretty much any organization if I'm a position coach, a consultant, whatever. But I still have a lot to learn, and I'm willing to learn because it's a different craft when you talk about coaching. And I always say I did more coaching when I was in New York because they have a bunch of young guys up there and those guys kind of gravitated to me, and we kind of had our own position meetings. So I could see me working in the organization here. I could see me working for Ozzie and those guys and Steve [Bisciotti] because I put so much into it and I know how they work, and they taught me so much."
On if he would retire if an opportunity doesn't come about this year: "I'm not worried about the end. I'm not under contract. I'm already at the finish line. I'm already at the finish line. I don't need to sign with anybody. But I know that I can play. I know that I can still play. It's a matter of the right fit. So if not, you guys will probably never see me again. I don't have to put in any papers. I don't have to sign anybody's contract. I don't have to go to any organization. Ed Reed and Barry Sanders, they did it their way."
On where he is spending the offseason and what his training regimen is like: "I work out between Georgia and Louisiana right now. I spend a lot of time [in Georgia] coaching young guys, having young guys come to Atlanta and work out with me and see how I maintained my body for so long the right way. And that's what I'm trying to do now is try to teach young guys, young guys that's coming into the league, help them to understand that you've got to take care of your body."