Ravens safety Ed Reed has shown some Favrian tendencies over the past few years, musing about retiring and then continuing to play.
This year, Reed initially said he would be back. But then indicated emerged he’d like a new contract. And then, after linebacker Terrell Suggs suffered a partially torn Achilles tendon, Reed became coy about playing in 2012. Then, once his words created a major stir, Reed backtracked and recommitted to playing.
So what’s going on? Reed surely still wants that new contract, and Reed seems to realize that, with Suggs injured, Reed suddenly has the leverage to make it happen — but only if he makes the Ravens think he’s serious about walking away.
The problem is that, like many other players, he loves the game and he can’t pretend he would retire when he knows in his heart that he won’t.
Don’t be surprised if the musings about possibly retiring continue, despite what Reed has most recently said. As explained on Friday’s PFT Live, the billionaires who own NFL teams didn’t become billionaires by not making shrewd business decisions. For Reed, it would be very shrewd — and justified — to make the Ravens sweat about the possibility of having neither Suggs nor Reed in 2012.