Ravens safety Ed Reed says he will return next year

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed intends to return next season.

There was speculation that Reed, 34, might retire after the Ravens complete their Super Bowl run next Sunday. But Reed said Thursday, “I’ll be playing next year.”

Teammate Ray Lewis announced earlier this month that would be his “last ride.”

Reed said, “No, it’s not my last ride. I just bought a bike.”

Reed has been selected to play in 12 Pro Bowls, including each one since 2006. His 61 career interceptions are a franchise record, and his 1,541 yards in interception returns is the most in NFL history.

SAINTS: Fired defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo after one season.

New Orleans ranked last in the NFL in total defense and run defense. Head coach Sean Payton, who returned to work this week after a season-long suspension, announced Spagnuolo’s firing along with special teams coordinator Ken Flajole.

The Saints went 7-9 this season and allowed 454 points; only Tennessee gave up more.

Payton said New Orleans will switch to a 3-4 defense in 2013.

JETS: John Idzik was introduced as the team’s new general manager, replacing the fired Mike Tannenbaum.

Idzik, 52, 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.”

Idzik’s primary strengths include managing salaries and the salary cap, but he has also worked in player personnel – a combination that attracted the Jets.

• Coach Rex Ryan officially announced the hirings of Marty Mornhinweg as his offensive coordinator and Dennis Thurman as defensive coordinator.

TEXANS: Former Houston quarterback Case Keenum and former Texas A&M QB Stephen McGee were among eight players signed to reserve/future contracts.

PACKERS: Running back Cedric Benson has been cited for letting his dogs run loose and attack a neighbor’s livestock in Manitowoc County, Wis. A citation says Benson’s two Rottweilers attacked 17 calves at his neighbor’s farm in Maribel in December. A sheriff’s department report says the dogs were found chewing the calves’ legs and that several suffered deep wounds.

JAGUARS: Hired defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker, quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo and offensive line coach George Yarno.


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