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Flurry of offseason departures not new to Ravens

Ed Reed intercepts a pass intended for Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson during the second half of the 2011 playoffs. The way things are going, you have to wonder if the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens' season opener is going to be a celebration or a wake. The offseason decimation of the Ravens apparently kept going Wednesday when free-agent safety Ed Reed, a guy who has Hall of Fame practically written on his résumé, reportedly agreed to join the Texans. Like Ray Lewis, who has retired, Reed wasn't just some extra playing a part. He was a core player for a team that has gone to the playoffs five straight seasons. But as Baltimore owner Steve Bisciotti, top executives Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta and coach John Harbaugh strolled the grounds of the Arizona Biltmore resort in Phoenix this week, dire concern didn't seem to be an issue. Yeah, Lewis and Reed are gone. So too are center Matt Birk (retired), wide receiver Anquan Boldin (traded), linebackers Paul