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Ravens, Reed agree to six-year extension

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (June 27, 2006) -- Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed agreed to terms on a six-year extension.

Reed was entering the final year of his original contract. The agreement ended off-and-on talks that began last season.

"Ed is one of the bright young stars in the NFL," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "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."

Drafted out of Miami by the Ravens in the first round of the 2002 draft, Reed quickly became one of the league's most dynamic playmakers on defense. He was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 and selected to the Pro Bowl in 2003 and 2004.

In 2004, he led the league with nine interceptions and set an NFL record with 358 yards on interception returns.

During his four years with Baltimore, Reed has totaled 307 tackles, knocked away 61 passes and picked off a team-record 22 passes. He has also blocked four punts, returning three for touchdowns.

Despite missing six games last season with a high ankle sprain, Reed was a first alternate to the Pro Bowl.

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