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Reed informs Ravens he will return for an 11th NFL season

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Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed informed head coach John Harbaugh that he plans to play in 2012, according to general manager Ozzie Newsome.

“He met with John and he told John that he’s going to get himself prepared to come back and play in 2012,” Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome said when asked about Reed on the second full day of the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium,” via The Baltimore Sun.

Reed, who will turn 34 in September, has been contemplating retirement every year since the end of the 2008 season because of a nerve impingement in his neck and shoulder.

Although Reed hasn’t commented publicly about his plans to play next season, he is under contract for 2012 and is set to make an estimated $7.2 million.

Reed is the Ravens’ franchise leader with 57 interceptions, the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2002. He has been named an All-Pro and Pro Bowler eight-times and was the NFL’s defensive player of the year in 2004.

But last year was arguably Reed’s worst season in his career.

He finished the season with just three interceptions after picking off eight passes in ten games the year before. The three interceptions for Reed were his fewest in a 16-game season.