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Ed Reed doesn’t like the reaction to his message to the Ravens

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Ed Reed needs to pick a horse.

Willing to send messages to the Ravens, he remains clearly uncomfortable with the obvious consequences of doing so.

Earlier this year, he mused about retirement.  And when the media reacted to one of the greatest safeties of all time thinking about quitting, he backtracked quickly, presumably because he didn’t want to generate unwanted attention via a strategy he never planned to implement.

Now, after unexpectedly boycotting a mandatory minicamp and posting on Twitter what reasonably can be interpreted as a message that he may not show up for training camp, Reed doesn’t seem to appreciate the natural consequences of his words.

He complains in a stream of tweets about the reaction, griping for example that youth football camps conducted by players in the offseason don’t get the same kind of coverage.

Along the way, Reed sends another potent message to the team that he presumably thinks should give him a contract extension.

Ross Tucker opened my eyes to the situation last month.  When a player holds out, he’s acting no differently than the person who amassed millions if not billions via a capitalist system and then bought a pro football team.  And so if a guy understands the potential cost of holding out while nevertheless being “under contract,” and if he’s good enough for the team to actually give a crap about his absence, we say go ahead and capitalize.

But it’s important for the person who plans the holdout to be firm and resolute.  Reed apparently knows he can’t stay away from the sport, and so he comes off as wobbly when trying to make a stand.

That’s why the Ravens have been so low key about the situation.  They know that if they let this thing play out naturally, he’ll show up — but that if they push him, maybe he’ll muster the willingness to stay home.

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35 Responses to “Ed Reed doesn’t like the reaction to his message to the Ravens”
  1. CKL says: Jul 10, 2012 7:32 AM

    Dare we call Reed Favrian after these past few offseasons?

  2. piemasteruk says: Jul 10, 2012 7:46 AM

    Ed Reed is an excellent safety, but like many football players he clearly isn’t very good at the internet. That’s why football players have agents, so they can advise players what to say to the media and veto some of the dumber ideas the player may have.

    Then enter Twitter. Now players can say whatever dumb thing comes into their head before their agent gets the opportunity to scrutinize it. Bad for the player, but great for the fans who want to find out what the player is really like :)

  3. snowpea84 says: Jul 10, 2012 7:58 AM

    Some of the older players really don’t seem to need all the mini camps and what not. All it is for them is a chance to get injured.

  4. johnnybgood19 says: Jul 10, 2012 8:00 AM

    Come on Ed, hang tough, you’re worth a whole lot more then the team is paying you. Get that contract that will make you a Raven for the rest of your career. You deserve it. You’re the best safety to ever play the game. Make the team see that. They think you’re soft and wobbly. Nothing soft or wobbly about you, solid as a rock.

  5. djstat says: Jul 10, 2012 8:05 AM

    Ed needs to understand that when you threaten to retire multiple times in multiple years, a smart business is not going to make a long term committment to you because you have threatened to not make a long term committment. Secondly, while being under contract, you have to understand your next contract can not be one about previous accomplishments but about what you can still do. You are still going to make your most money as a Raven.

    Ed needs to stop listening to his agents for just a minute and meet one on one with Ozzie Newsome and talk. Take the “business” people out of the equasion and act as your own CEO.

  6. 8drinkminimum says: Jul 10, 2012 8:09 AM

    If that is what Ross really said to Reed then Ross sure didn’t spend much time in class at Princeton.

  7. steeelfann says: Jul 10, 2012 8:36 AM

    Note to all players, either current or historical:

    Quit whining about the League not caring for you. It is so tiresome and whiney. Quit complaining. If you think you have it so bad, man up and quit. Go get a real job like the rest of it. You will then have something to really whine about. Your mommy cares for you. Your girlfriend, your wife, your kids, your aunty, your friends, a few teachers. But please quit the “poor me” stuff. The NFL cares for you as much as more as any other employer cares for their people. You have greater injury risk, but you get paid stupid money and can retire in your 30′s if you are good enough. Most of us aren’t sure we can retire, EVER. The alternative is to quit and come out with the rest of us regular schmucks. Just stop whining. Please.

  8. sudz28 says: Jul 10, 2012 8:55 AM

    Gotta love people who run off at the mouth and then are surprised when people react to them. You flipped your employer a virtual bird, and then you’re surprised when it makes news?

  9. obamareallysucks says: Jul 10, 2012 8:56 AM

    great football player but stupid person.

  10. getyourownname says: Jul 10, 2012 8:56 AM

    The Ravens have been low key because they know Reed and that there is no reason to push him (not yet, anyway). Good teams, like good coaches, know each player has his own personality and reponds differently (both on and off field) to different messages. Ravens aren’t the only team who are generally successful at managing players. Their goal is to put the best team on the field at a rational cost with the fewest hiccups.

    It’s too bad there are some in the media with no skin in the game other than wanting to get a good story who are willing to keep prodding and poking to see if they can get a story to develop. The consequences they want the player or team to endure for sake of generating a story don’t affect the media – they’re just reporters doing their job, right?

  11. sterilizecromartie says: Jul 10, 2012 9:02 AM

    Ross Tucker opened my eyes to the situation last month. When a player holds out, he’s acting no differently than the person who amassed millions if not billions via a capitalist system and then bought a pro football team. And so if a guy understands the potential cost of holding out while nevertheless being “under contract,” and if he’s good enough for the team to actually give a crap about his absence, we say go ahead and capitalize.
    ———–
    Good for you!! Your eyes were opened to the fact that the player is being overcome by greed and wants $10 million instead of “only” $7 million. Lets give you a gold star.

  12. tsizzlehotpiss says: Jul 10, 2012 9:06 AM

    Ed, stop it. You don’t dserve any more money or an extension. Three years ago you started talking about retiring. You reiterated your thoughts on retirement two years ago. Last year you talked about retiring after you were injured in the divisional playoff game and subsequently lost to the Patriots. You have had a rash of injuries the past few years.

    You say you’re a “business man?” Well, any intelligentand reasonable businessman would look at your age, your physical condition, your injury history, and your repeated expressions of a desire to retire from the game and quickly determine that paying you more money than the $7 million you are already set to make and extending your contract would be a bad idea. In fact, as a Ravens fan, I’m calling this a straight-up hustle attempt to convince the team to pay you more money, extend your contract, and if you get what you want, you will turn right back around and retire as soon as this season is over.

  13. napoleonblownapart6887 says: Jul 10, 2012 9:07 AM

    I’ve got no problem with a guy holding out – its usually the only leverage a player has in these negotiations, whereas a team can cut you at the drop of a hat.

    HOWEVER, Ed Reed’s actions and words this Summer have been confusing at best and conniving at worst. He’s trying to put pressure on the team through the media, because he knows that he’s a fan favorite and it could potentially force ownership’s hand if there is enough of an uproar from the Purple faithful. What Ed failed to recognize is that he doesn’t control the media, and they can report on his words/actions and draw conclusions from the context. If he doesn’t like those conclusions there is nothing he can do about it and shouldn’t complain.

    Also he might want to learn the difference between ‘don’t’ and ‘doesn’t’, but I’m just a stickler like that.

  14. marshmont says: Jul 10, 2012 9:25 AM

    the ravens are expecting reed to play out his contract this year. then, i believe, they will let reed go. they have been giving younger stars the big money. ray lewis was the last old guy they gave the money to. he is much more valuable to the team as a leader as well as a player than reed. reed is the pretty girl who knows she is pretty. now she is starting to look her age. i can’t stand the guy, personally.

  15. joemammy says: Jul 10, 2012 9:41 AM

    Ed, you are worth far more than the Ravens are willing to pay. You have to do this for your family. The best thing for you and yours is to hold out for as long as possible.

    Show them you’re in control of your own destiny. Stay home.

  16. rmc1995 says: Jul 10, 2012 10:04 AM

    Please provide an example of how Steve Bisciotti threatened to pull staffing from an existing contract in order to get paid more money? He would have never made it out of his basement staffing company at 23 had he not followed through on his committments to contracts.

  17. blacknyellablacknyella says: Jul 10, 2012 10:09 AM

    baltimore’s little ‘run’ (no super bowls but we can still call it a ‘run’, i guess) is coming to an end.

    when ray lewis and ed reed go, that team loses its personality. the leadership intangible that will be missed when lewis retires is immeasurable. that team will instantly be mediocre.

    their starting line has a combined age of, i think, 984 years old, their receiving corps is mediocre at best, and joe flacco is in the bottom third of qb’s in the league.

    ray rice, suggs, and ngata are the stars on that team, but with the departure of lewis and reed, that team will drift into mediocrity faster than a billy cundiff hook.

  18. dowhatifeellike says: Jul 10, 2012 10:09 AM

    I am a big fan of Reed the player but his BS is getting old. It takes balls for him to ask for more money when he can’t stay healthy. When he is able to play, it’s apparent to all that he’s only playing for himself; he tries to anticipate where the throw is going and leaves a CB high and dry. I would not be opposed to trading him if we could get a starter in return.

  19. spilkysmooth says: Jul 10, 2012 10:32 AM

    I believe Ed’s 2012 salary is more than the Franchise Tag, that being said he is being paid around top 5 for safeties . The Ravens won’t resign Ed next season he will feel his value is to high.

  20. ravenmuscle says: Jul 10, 2012 10:36 AM

    Dear Ed….you’re way past your prime…are a one arm player now with your nerve impingement condition in your neck…and can’t tackle.

    You are way overpaid since you will get $7.2 million this year if you show up…and NOBODY ELSE will give you that BIG new contract that you are dreaming about. So just keep your yap shut and show up and play to get your $7.2 mil or RETIRE.

  21. gotcaughtcheating says: Jul 10, 2012 10:47 AM

    The Ravens are just another one of those very-good-but-not-great AFC teams (70s Oilers, 80s Browns, 90s Steelers/Jags/Titans, 00 Chargers) that either failed to reach and/or win Super Bowls.

    This year won’t be any different. 10-11 wins, one playoff win, and done. Won’t make a difference if Reed is there or not.

  22. ihateravens says: Jul 10, 2012 10:54 AM

    No one wants to play with Uni-Brow and for Hard-baugh or in front of the worse fans in Pro-Football

  23. dickjagger says: Jul 10, 2012 11:12 AM

    What do you ignorant fools mean by NO SUPER BOWLS? We got 1 last I checked, and 1 in sixteen years of existence ain’t bad. If some of you weren’t so busy trying to slam certain teams maybe you could check the facts and avoid looking silly!

  24. mostlombardisintheleague says: Jul 10, 2012 11:29 AM

    Hey ravenator, where are you now ????
    The Steelers don’t have this problem with their long haired top safety, nope.
    And the nest crumbles…… yeah baby !!!

  25. tsizzlehotpiss says: Jul 10, 2012 11:37 AM

    @ mostlombardisintheleague says:Jul 10, 2012 11:29 AM

    Hey ravenator, where are you now ????
    The Steelers don’t have this problem with their long haired top safety, nope.
    And the nest crumbles…… yeah baby !!!
    _________________________________

    Contract griping? No. Constant injuries? Yes. Polamalu and Reed are more similar these days than you would like to think, except Reed plays the pass better (and always has).

  26. handsofsweed says: Jul 10, 2012 11:46 AM

    @dickjagger

    I think he meant that since your 1 SB, you guys had to rebuild your franchise (maybe 2002-2005-ish?) once, so you’re looking @ separate “runs.” The current run has only 1 player left from the previous one, a GM, and no coaches.

  27. cbass59 says: Jul 10, 2012 12:16 PM

    How many drama queens can one team have?

  28. sorryimbusypolishingmy6lombardis says: Jul 10, 2012 12:33 PM

    Why doesn’t he just stay home? Will anyone really miss him? It may be best that the last image of him is NOT one of total embarassment or being carted off the field. Anyway didn’t he say “he was comfortable at home”???

  29. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Jul 10, 2012 12:40 PM

    Ralph Kiner, Hall of Famer for the 50′s Pittsburgh Pirates once threatened to hold out for more $$$$. The GM told him, “We finished last with you and we can finish last without you.” Ralphie suited up, and shut up. Reed should do the same.

    One of the misconceptions players hold is that the team can’t do without them. Flash– they can. 99% of the fans will not make 7mil in their lifetimes let alone one yr. To expect their sympathy or support is delusional. Play until they they tell you you can’t then join the real world.

  30. watermelon1 says: Jul 10, 2012 1:31 PM

    It’s hilarious when people say Ed Reed can’t tackle. They say it like he’s Cromartie or someone who shys away from contact. Usually… if you see him “miss” a tackle… it’s because his offense has gotten the team into such a hole that he’s simply trying to strip the ball out because that’s the only way the Ravens will score. If Reed can get the ball back, and then either return it or lateral to a teammate on defense who can hopefully go all the way. Otherwise…. they know if their QB gets the ball, it’s probably another field goal attempt. And with their kicker… you can’t even count on those 3 points half the time.

    Ask Roethlisberger, one of the harder QBs(and players in general) to take down, if Reed can still tackle. Reed has wrapped him up a few times for sacks in recent years.

    I’m shocked at the reaction from most Ravens fans myself. I figured they’d at least be smart enough to realize Reed shouldn’t be making less than much lesser safeties in the league. But no, as long as Flacco and Rice get their money… that’s all most of them care about. It will be funny to hear them change their tune in 2 more years when that happens and Reed and Ray Lewis are gone.

  31. watermelon1 says: Jul 10, 2012 1:34 PM

    pleasantsurpriselefty says: Jul 10, 2012 12:40 PM

    One of the misconceptions players hold is that the team can’t do without them. Flash– they can. 99% of the fans will not make 7mil in their lifetimes let alone one yr. To expect their sympathy or support is delusional. Play until they they tell you you can’t then join the real world.
    ================================

    YOUR misconception is that you imply fans get the same enjoyment or excitement watching Flacco or Rice as they do Reed.

    Sorry but, if you’ve ever been to a Ravens game… the best time to get your food or head to the bathroom is when the offense is on the field. You won’t have a lot of time because it’s usually a 3-and-out, but that’s still the best time to go if you don’t want to miss anything.

    You speak about money. Well, what a player makes has little to do with whether a fan is going to pay to go to the game or not. If I’m spending my money to go to a game, I’d much rather see Ed Reed out on the field than Flacco or Rice. So in my opinion, as a paying fan, I’d want the Ravens to spend their money on Reed.

  32. tsizzlehotpiss says: Jul 10, 2012 2:03 PM

    @ watermelon1

    You speak about money. Well, what a player makes has little to do with whether a fan is going to pay to go to the game or not. If I’m spending my money to go to a game, I’d much rather see Ed Reed out on the field than Flacco or Rice. So in my opinion, as a paying fan, I’d want the Ravens to spend their money on Reed.
    _________________________________

    Thank God Ozzie is our GM and not you. To pay Reed more money and/or extend his contract at this point would be a poor business decision for multiple reasons as I and others have stated above. It’s not the fault of the Ravens’ front office that idiots like A.J. Smith have decided to pay lesser safeties like Eric Weddle $8 million a year. It’s moves like that which keep the Chargers out of the playoffs most years and keep the Ravens in the playoffs every year.

  33. steeelfann says: Jul 10, 2012 2:26 PM

    The Ravens are going down fast, just watch; here are the facts:

    1. Cap Space slim to none
    2. QB wants big bucks
    3. Tailback wants big bucks
    4. Ed Reed 34 in September
    5. Ray Lewis just hanging on, everyone knows he has slowed and while respected, is overrated;
    6. Oline has one guy with anything in the tank and that is Yanda who is real good. Age is taking them down though with Birk, McKinny, Williams all oldsters. Oher has never been much more than average and they DON’T want him at left tackle. Nice book though.
    7. Suggs- Everyone knows he is done this year. you do not bounce back year 1 from Achilles. Sometimes never. He ain’t doing nothin this year.
    8. Unibrow choked against New England, missed wide open guy in end zone. Lee Evans then dropped easy pass. Don’t think this will not carry over into this year along with the aforementioned factors. This team is on the slide and it will be harsh.

  34. catgirl54 says: Jul 10, 2012 3:19 PM

    I love Ed, but this is getting embarrassing. The worst thing that ever happened to professional athletes is Twitter. Shut up, Ed, and let your agents do the talking for you.

  35. Steeler's Will says: Jul 10, 2012 3:27 PM

    Defensive drama in BAL makes me a sad panda. No Suggs, possibly no Reed?? Love watching the Raven D, I hope they pull it together. Dunno what’s up with Ed, I hope it’s just some wacky zany veteran hijinks to get out of mini-camps.

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