Reed feels healthy heading into training camp

A year ago at this time Ed Reed limped around his football camp and spoke with uncertainty about when he would start the season.

These days, the only question on the mind of the Ravens safety is the one fans have wondered about all summer: When will the lockout end?

Enjoying a surgery-free offseason, Reed declared himself "full go" for training camp Wednesday, although he hopes the Ravens will "be smart" with his reps this summer.

"I'm feeling fine," Reed said during his second Baltimore-area football camp. "I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't do the things that training camp requires because of longevity of my career and my life. After not going through training camp with the physical abuse of last year and playing the way I played, I would hope Coach [John Harbaugh] would be smart about how they handle me. I don't think I have much to prove during training camp but it is the time to get in shape."

Reed is coming off perhaps the most rewarding season of his illustrious career. He led the NFL with eight interceptions despite missing the first six games because of offseason hip surgery.

During his camp at Franklin High School on Wednesday, Reed looked strong and smooth while running drills with the kids.

But the seven-time Pro Bowl player said he still isn't fully recovered from the injury.

"I'm still rehabbing it," he said. "It's going to be a life-long thing you deal with. I'm not going to live in the past and the things I went through last year. I feel good for right now."

Reed has two years left on his contract, but the Ravens safety let it be known that he is open to a deal that would allow him to retire with the Ravens.

"I always said I wanted to retire here and play for one organization," he said.

Reed is scheduled to make $6.5 million this season and $7.2 million in 2012, the final year of his contract. The seven-time Pro Bowl player made it clear that he isn't campaigning for a new deal. He pointed out that he doesn't even have an agent at this time.

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"After the lockout is over and the collective bargaining agreement is done, I'll go back to the table with the Ravens and see what makes sense to them and what makes sense for me," he said. "Right now, what makes sense for me is finishing out my career with the Ravens the next two years that I have on my contract or maybe me and the Ravens do another deal, finalize things for me going into my retirement. It's going to be what makes sense on both sides. I'm not asking them for anything right now."

Reed clarified last month's ESPN interview in which it seemed he wanted Jets coach Rex Ryan over Harbaugh.

ESPN ran a clip where Reed expressed his love and respect for Ryan, the Ravens' defensive coordinator from 2005 to 2008. But Reed said the network didn't run the part in which he praised Harbaugh.

"It made us look like we didn't have a good coach and I don't like my coach and I'd rather be playing with New York," Reed said. "Now, you're causing situations in our family to make it look like we're separated when it's not the case. Show the whole interview. Show me at least saying I have a great coach in Baltimore. Don't make it seem like I wanted Rex as a coach. If Coach [Harbaugh] can't see through that, we'll have problems. But I know he's better than that."

Reed said it's true that the players wanted Ryan as their coach after Brian Billick was fired in January 2008. But he said that was before the players even knew Harbaugh was in the running to be their coach.

"I still love Rex and I spent a lot of years with Rex," Reed said. "He was like a father figure and a brother. He taught me a lot about the game. But we have a great coach in Baltimore right now. That's what I said right after that part. But they cut that out. Coach Harbaugh has done a great job with us. We've been through some things ,but we've worked around it. There is a reason why we've had success in Baltimore with coach here. ESPN is all about drama. It will be hard for me to do another interview with them after that."

Reed also said he is still dealing with the death of his brother Brian Reed, whose body was recovered after he jumped into the Mississippi on Jan. 7. Police had been chasing him after Reed's parents called them saying Reed, 29, took a car belonging to his younger brother, Edwin. Reed later said his brother had mental health issues.

Reed's father and mother attended the camp Wednesday.

"My brother is always on my mind," Reed said. "I talk to him still because I know he can hear me. We still have that connection. We always will."



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