Heading into their 20th season in Baltimore, the Ravens would like nothing more than to honor the player who wore their No. 20 for 11 years. But first, they'd like to make sure that player is retired.
Team president Dick Cass acknowledged that the Ravens would like to induct Ed Reed into the team's Ring of Honor at M&T Bank Stadium during the 2015 season. But team officials wouldn't want to do that until they know Reed isn't planning a return to the NFL.
Now 36 years old, Reed hasn't played since he ended the 2013 season with the New York Jets after he was released by the Houston Texans. However, the mercurial safety has indicated several times on his Twitter page that he's still working out and preparing to play.
"Ed Reed will be in our Ring of Honor, obviously. He's going to be in the Hall of Fame," Cass said. "The question is, he hasn't officially retired yet. I don't know if he's going to officially retire this year or not. I would love to get him in to our Ring of Honor this year. It's our 20th season.
"He belongs there, obviously. Our fans would love to see him. We would love to do it this year, but in some sense, it's in his court. He knows that we want him in our Ring of Honor."
Reed, who the Ravens took with the 24th overall pick in the 2002 NFL draft, was selected to nine Pro Bowls. He was named the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year in 2004, and was recognized as a first-team All Pro five times.
He set a franchise record with 61 career regular-season interceptions.