NEW ORLEANS - Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed said repeatedly all week that he intends to play in 2013 despite being a pending free agent.
However, Ravens owner Steve Biscotti isn't so sure, especially if Baltimore wins Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday.
"I don't know whether a loss might inspire him to change his mind and I don't know whether a win will inspire him to change his mind," Biscotti said, via ESPN.com. "I really want to defer and not guess what Ed's going to do. Because I don't know that Ed's 100 percent sure now. I think Ed will be 100 percent sure a month from now. So we'll just play it out."
Reed said this week that he fully intends to keep playing, despite going months without contact with the team last offseason before ultimately returning for his 11th season.
"First, we have to find out where Ed's head is," Bisciotti said. "I think that win or lose Sunday, Ed needs a couple of weeks. By that time, we will have done our personnel meetings and our cap meetings and we'll know what kind of deal that we can make Ed. I assume we'll make a deal that we made with Ray a few years ago. If Ed wants to test the market like Ray did, that's what we have to do."
Reed's strongest statement about his future came earlier in the week, when he said would absolutely consider playing for the New England Patriots if he's not able to work out a deal to return to Baltimore.
"I want to play this game as long as I can," he said on Tuesday. "I don't want to retire. I'm not even thinking about it at this point."