Ravens, Reed agree to contract extension

The Baltimore Ravens and Pro Bowl S Ed Reed have agreed to a seven-year contract (six-year extension), announced today by general manager Ozzie Newsome. "Ed is one of the bright young stars in the NFL," said Newsome.

"He's already had outstanding production, including his MVP season in 2004. He's an emerging leader on our defense and to the whole team for that matter. The way he works, the way he prepares speaks volumes to his teammates."

Reed, originally a first-round draft choice (24th overall) in 2002, has blossomed into one of the top playmakers in the league. In addition to his Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2004, when he led the league with nine interceptions and set a new NFL record with 358 interception return yards, Reed has two Pro Bowl nods (2003, 2004).

In his four-year career, Reed has 307 total tackles, 61 passes defensed and a franchise-record 22 interceptions, returning three for touchdowns. He has also blocked four punts, returning three for touchdowns (tied for NFL record).

Despite missing six games (high ankle sprain) in 2005, Reed was a first alternate to the Pro Bowl when he finished the season with 40 tackles, was third on the team with 12 passes defensed and had one interception (returned for 23 yards).

**Reed has seven career touchdowns to his credit (3 INT returns, 3 punt block returns and 1 fumble recovery).
 

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