New contract for Ed Reed?

In an offseason where it's been one surprise after another in the AFC North, Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed provided another unexpected revelation.

According to the six-time Pro Bowler, Reed has contacted the Ravens about a new contract.

"I'm not making it a big deal," Reed said in a radio interview this week, courtesy of the Baltimore Sun. "[But] I think it needs to be taken care of."

This is unexpected because Reed strongly considered retirement in January following Baltimore's playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts. While dealing with a neck ailment and coming off hip surgery, Reed has given the impression that he's playing on a year-to-year basis.

Does wanting an extension mean Reed is committed to the Ravens beyond 2010? That's something both Reed and Baltimore would have to figure out. Reed makes just under $20 million over the final three years of his contract, according to the Sun.

It will be interesting to see where this goes.