Holding court in the
With his six-year, $44 million contract expiring at the close of this season and with him set to become an unrestricted free agent, Reed said his only thoughts are on the Ravens' regular-season finale against the
"I'm not thinking about that right now," Reed said. "My focus is to finish the season off right now and prepare for the playoffs and go from there as far as my future. It's all about the near future. It's not about the offseason or anything like that."
Although he's dealt with a painful nerve impingement in his neck and shoulders for the past few years and has a torn labrum in his shoulder, Reed says he feels like he has more football in him.
"Not even thinking about that right now, not even talking about that right now," Reed said. That's not my concern. I know physically I feel like I can play, but also physically I have concerns for my life after football."
Reed was flagged for an illegal hit on wide receiver
Reed said he has yet to hear from the
"No, I haven't," Reed said when asked if the NFL has contacted him about a decision. "Actually not at all. It's an interesting situation for me to do the interview with
knowing what happened. I just play the game. I let them make those decisions."
Reed acknowledged that he doesn't have the same mobility as he did when he entered the NFL in 2002 as a first-round draft pick from the University of Miami.
"It's definitely not what it used to be when I was 24 versus 34 right now," Reed said. "That's where the mental part comes into it, you slow down physically, but mentally you get a lot stronger and you understand the game more, which allows me to play the game a certain way and understand how to play the game and put myself in different situations."
Reed, 34, has four interceptions this season and was named to his ninth
"It's a blessing," Reed said. "Hats off to my teammates and peers who picked me to represent the
Reed said he doesn't think the Pro Bowl should be abolished by NFL commissioner
"I think he needs to keep the Pro Bowl, it's for the fans," Reed said. "I always thought it should have stayed in Hawaii because it's a trip away and it's an awesome vacation, good for Hawaii, good for us to get away. Yeah, it's not as competitive in the first couple of minutes of the game because it is a vacation. It's a good time over there and it's a lot of good times and little umbrellas. You got to give guys time to get acclimated to the game.
"Trust me, it's as competitive as it gets it's kind of like the all-star game for basketball. You go hard. But, at the same time, you want to protect guys and not have nothing serious happen over there. I think the fans understand that to some degree. It is a game where a lot of points get scored because guys understand as a respect level as players as we play the game that we know what's going on. It's a respect thing."
Reed added that he thinks the Pro Bowl should go back to being played after the
"It's an all-star game," Reed said. "If it was the last game like it used to be, it was a lot of fun then. I don't like the fact that they switched it and it's now before the Super Bowl. It kind of takes away from it I think because the one thing you hated as a pro bowl player is to be there and when the super Bowl team came and if they won it that team was going to be introduced last at the Pro Bowl. Me and