Ed Reed is returning to the Ravens for his 11th season, GM Ozzie Newsome told reporters Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Reed, 34, is under contract with the team for another season, but there had been speculation that he might retire.
"He met with John (Harbaugh) and he told John that he is going to get himself prepared to come back and play in 2012," Newsome said.
With MLB Ray Lewis already having committed to play at least one more year, the core of the Ravens' defense will remain in place for next season.
The way we see it
Reed's return takes a lot of pressure off Newsome, who is facing the possible departure of two reserve safeties, Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura, in free agency. It also markedly increases the likelihood that the Ravens can make another postseason run next season.