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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ravens safety Ed Reed isn’t planning on joining teammate Ray Lewis in retirement after the Super Bowl.
“I’ll be playing next year,” Reed said Thursday before Baltimore hit the practice field in preparation for its Feb. 3 Super Bowl matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.
There was speculation that the 34-year-old Reed might retire after this season.
Earlier this month, in announcing his intention to step down after the playoffs, Lewis spoke of taking a “last ride.”
To which Reed said Thursday: “No, it’s not my last ride. I just bought a bike.”
Now in his 11th season, Reed hasn’t missed a start since 2010, when he sat out Baltimore’s first six games with a hip injury. This season, he was one of only two players on the Ravens defense (along with cornerback Cary Williams) to start in all 16 games.
Reed, a former Destrehan High standout, has been selected to play in nine Pro Bowls, including each one since 2006.
Reed’s 61 career interceptions are a franchise record, and he has an NFL-record 1,541 yards in interception returns.
“There’s no other man like Ed Reed,” Ravens defensive end Arthur Jones said. “He’s passionate and he’s such a hard worker. That guy helps me out, and he’s a safety. He understands the game at every position.”
This season, Reed made 58 tackles and intercepted four passes, taking one back 34 yards for a touchdown. He also recovered three fumbles.
In the playoffs, he has 10 tackles while serving as the last line of defense for a unit that last week dominated New England in the AFC championship game.
Reed will be playing in his first Super Bowl, and it’s in his home state of Louisiana.
“It’s amazing to be going back to New Orleans,” he said. “I’m so grateful.”
WALKER, SCELFO, YARNO HIRED AS ASSISTANTS: In Jacksonville, Fla., the Jacksonville Jaguars hired three more assistant coaches.
The Jaguars agreed to terms Thursday with defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker, quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo and offensive line coach George Yarno.
Walker has 25 years of coaching experience, including seven in the NFL, and spent the last four seasons as head coach at New Mexico State.
Scelfo, who was out of coaching last year, has never worked in the NFL. He spent time at Arizona (2010-11), Louisiana Tech (2007-09) and Tulane (1996-2006).
Yarno, a former LSU
assistant, has six years of NFL experience, including the last four with Detroit.
IDZIK INTRODUCED AS NEW GM: In Florham Park, N.J., John Idzik was introduced as the New York Jets’ new general manager, replacing the fired Mike Tannenbaum.
The 52-year-old Idzik, formerly the Seahawks’ vice president of football administration, said the Jets will “explore every measure to bring in talent and to compete.” He adds that the NFL draft will be the team’s “lifeline.”
KEENUM, MC GEE SIGNED: In Houston, former Houston quarterback Case Keenum and former Texas A&M quarterback Stephen McGee are among eight players signed to reserve/future contracts by the Houston Texans.
The 6-foot Keenum spent last season on Houston’s practice squad after signing as an undrafted free agent. The 6-3 McGee was a fourth-round pick by Dallas in 2009. He played in only three games for the Cowboys before he was cut at the end of training camp in 2012.
Defensive end Keith Browner, tight end Jake Byrne, receiver Jeff Maehl, linebackers Delano Johnson and Mike Mohamed and tackle Nick Mondek were also signed by Houston on Thursday.
BAKER, EMBREE ADDED TO STAFF: In Cleveland, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski added
assistants Brian Baker and Jon Embree to his staff.
Baker, who spent the past two seasons as defensive line coach in Dallas, will coach Cleveland’s outside linebackers. Embree, the former head coach at Colorado, will be in charge of tight ends.