For several years now Reed has been very vocal about his now-annual struggle over whether he should continue playing football. But despite all the talk of retirement, Reed not only continues to play for the Ravens, but he continues to play at an All-Pro level.
Reed is not the only veteran mulling retirement this season.
Already, three potential Hall of Famers have announced their retirement this offseason—Brian Dawkins, Jason Taylor and Hines Ward all decided to call it quits. Players like LaDainian Tomlinson and Derrick Mason will likely join them soon.
It's basically the end of an era in the NFL, with so many good players in the twilight of their careers. Some of these veterans are only playing for the hope of a Super Bowl ring; others still fight off time and injuries to play at an elite level. Regardless of the circumstances, these NFL careers are nearing the end.
Along with Reed, here are some players that could be preparing for their final NFL season in 2012.