Shortly after Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed commented on Sirius NFL Radio that he was not 100% committed to playing football in 2012, he backtracked and clarified he has every intention of playing this season as well as beyond.
A story by Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times is mentioned by another on ESPN that Reed is more in "off-season mode" and is focusing on his family at this point rather than football. He says it's not about retirement, "it's about my focus in the offseason, health, family and football."
In the ESPN story, NFL analysts Cris Carter and Mark Schlereth discuss Reed's situation with much respect to his career and how players think out loud in the offseason about retiring as they get older. They both acknowledge that if they only had to work on Sundays, they'd still be playing but it's all the work that has tobe put in during the week, the preseason and of course right now here in May,which is Ed's basis for his comments.