"Maybe he'll play 10 games next year," added Reed.
Lewis reportedly already has a multi-year deal in place to join ESPN as a studio analyst. His son, Ray Lewis III, is slated to follow in his footsteps as a freshman running back for the Miami Hurricanes in 2013. Lewis insisted a week ago that he "can't come back" because family considerations now outweigh his desire to play another season.
It's understandable that Reed would hold out hope for one more Butch-and-Sundance championship run with his mentor and friend. And while there might no longer be a surefire high-profile retirement in the post-Brett Favre landscape, we suspect Lewis will follow through with his pledge after Sunday's game.