Ed Reed is an undisputed legend in the NFL and is incredibly likely to be a first year hall of famer whenever he comes up for nomination to Canton, Ohio.
But the former Baltimore Ravens safety still feels that he can beat Father Time, a battle that not even Brett Favre managed to win.
Reed turns 36 in September and spent last season with the Houston Texans and New York Jets and was released by both as he unfortunately showed that his body can no longer keep up with what his great football brain sees on the field and tries to do.
Reed managed three picks in four games in Rex Ryan's defense but he has lost a lot of the mobility that made him so feared alongside Ray Lewis in Baltimore. He also seems tentative in the tackle now, almost unwilling to put his body on line in the tackle.
But the man with 65 career interceptions still thinks he has one more season in him at the NFL level.
'Definitely still preparing to play,'' Reed said Sunday. ''If I wasn't, you would have heard something by now. But yeah, the offseason is going great. I'm spending time with my family. Not in any rush at all.''
Reed, who spent his first 11 seasons with Baltimore, was at former Ravens teammate Lardarius Webb's charity softball game at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday where he received the biggest cheer by some distance.
''I know that I can still play,'' Reed said. ''It's just a matter of the right fit.''
And it's also a matter of a coach taking a risk on a veteran who only really played on passing downs last year.
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