The Baltimore Ravens confirmed the news Wednesday:
Reed commented on his decision Thursday, via Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun and CSN Ravens:
They shared some clips of his press conference as well as a tribute to his time with the organization:
Reed spent 12 years in the NFL—11 of them with the Baltimore Ravens, the team he won a Super Bowl title with in 2012. He played for both the Houston Texans and New York Jets in 2013, though he was out of the NFL in 2014.
Reed is a nine-time Pro Bowler and five-time first-team All-Pro selection, and he finishes his career with 64 interceptions (sixth in NFL history), 13 non-offensive touchdowns (fifth) and 1,590 interception yards (first). He also won the 2004 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award and led the league in interceptions three times (2004, 2008, 2010).
NFL Network's Albert Breer shared what Reed had to say about the competition he faced over the years:
Few players had better instincts than Reed, and few defensive players in NFL history were more dangerous with the ball in their hands after a turnover. Alongside Ray Lewis, he led the Ravens to the playoffs seven times in his career.
A quote from New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick back in 2012 says it all, per Chris Wesseling of NFL.com: "Can't say I've ever coached against anybody better than Ed Reed in the secondary."
He's almost assuredly a first-ballot Hall of Famer, and he most certainly belongs in the debate over the greatest safety in NFL history.