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Reed sheds more light on his plans

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Ravens safety Ed Reed has been sending fairly cryptic messages to the team on Twitter.  On Wednesday, he made more clear his threat, or possibly his plan, to hold out until the Ravens give him a new contract.

“The only way we protect ourselves, … the only way a player gets what he wants is by holding out,” Reed told 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore, via Matt Vensel of the Baltimore Sun.  “So if Ray Rice doesn’t show up, so be it.  If Joe Flacco didn’t show up and got a contract, so be it.”

Reed explained that he thinks the NFLPA “messed things up” last year, and that he believes he needs to stick up for other players on the issue of getting paid.

While those comments say nothing about Reed’s specific plans, a separate response regarding what he’ll be doing when the season begins says it all:   “Watching Sunday and Monday night football on my sofa, man, and watching these guys play some real good football.”

That’s the clearest hint yet that Reed doesn’t plan to report for training camp.  The Ravens likely will continue to think he’s bluffing, primarily because they believe that, when push comes to shove, he can’t stay away from the game.

Reed knows that the Ravens need him more than ever, given the torn Achilles tendon suffered by linebacker Terrell Suggs in the offseason.  Due to earn a base salary of $7.2 million in 2012, Reed is entering the final year of his contract, and now may be the best time for Reed to take a stand in order to get paid.

And, yes, the Ravens don’t have the cap space to give out a bunch of big contracts.  But Reed’s cap number easily can be converted into a signing bonus, and Reed can be given significant guaranteed money in 2012 and 2013.  Likewise, the Ravens could rip through the various player contracts, renegotiating deals and creating plenty of cap space for signing Reed, Rice, Flacco, and anyone else they want to sign.

But first the Ravens have to want to do it.  More importantly as to Reed, he has to want to stay away.

And then he has to be able to.

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17 Responses to “Reed sheds more light on his plans”
  1. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Jul 12, 2012 6:23 AM

    Would not be surprised if the Ravens let him walk.

  2. qj1984 says: Jul 12, 2012 6:28 AM

    I am not buying this the Ravens are doomed with out Reed stuff. If he wants to sit out the Ravens will find a way to work it out. They always do. This has never been the way to get a deal from the Ravens and it won’t work now.

  3. sudz28 says: Jul 12, 2012 6:50 AM

    Yeah, the Ratbirds need him all right to make up for getting Sterling Moore’d in the playoffs.

  4. stew48 says: Jul 12, 2012 7:10 AM

    If he truly means “so be it”, he has only to be determined to stay away. We all know he wants to play.

  5. Steeler's Will says: Jul 12, 2012 7:11 AM

    ”Watching Sunday and Monday night football on my sofa, man, and watching these guys play some real good football.”

    Well, I’m done defending him. He’s taking his ball and going home.

  6. johnnybgood19 says: Jul 12, 2012 7:18 AM

    See, that’s the difference between Reed and other hold outs, Ed’s not holding out for more money, at least not for himself, but for all the other players. See, if he does it, then them others will see that it can be done, and then they can do it too. See.

  7. humbleminded85 says: Jul 12, 2012 7:27 AM

    See, that’s the difference between Reed and other hold outs, Ed’s not holding out for more money, at least not for himself, but for all the other players. See, if he does it, then them others will see that it can be done, and then they can do it too. See.
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    Your telling me if he had 3 years left on his deal he would be doing this? He said many times in the interview that he’s exceeded the worth of his contract. The worst part is he’s letting nobody’s on twitter get to him, which makes me sick because why would a celebrity have an twitter account and not think that people will talk crap?? Get off twitter, call Oz like a man and make up your freaking mind.

  8. braven4evr says: Jul 12, 2012 7:29 AM

    Tired of Reed and his BS… Ozzie let him watch everyone else play “Real Good” football on Sunday and Monday!

  9. upyoursnfu says: Jul 12, 2012 7:34 AM

    Someone get him a tampon

  10. steeelfann says: Jul 12, 2012 7:50 AM

    I love it. Pay the man. I want to see Ray Rice’s face when you do! Anquan, how is your contract?

  11. blackqbwhiterb says: Jul 12, 2012 8:32 AM

    Reed may be better off taking the 7.2 million, because he isn’t getting younger and healthier. The Ravens see through all this. He wants a multi-year deal, knowing he’s only good for maybe 1-2 more years, so he’s trying to squeeze all the money he can out of them before he’s washed up.

    Ozzie and company, on the other hand, aren’t likely to willingly pay a load of money for a guy who USED TO BE great, and one of the best in the game, but is now always hurt and misses a lot of game time. So they’ll probably not pay him anything more..Think about it, is this guy at this stage of his career, worth more than 7.2 million a season? I think it’s right where he belongs, and given his health, I wouldn’t guarantee him much beyond this season.

  12. flaccotoboldin says: Jul 12, 2012 9:24 AM

    Everyone loves Ed’s play on the field.

    And he’s counting 7.2 mil against the Cap. And the Ravens need cap space. So why aren’t we extending him?

    Because with Ed, we don’t know that he’ll play out his deal, and that makes extending him problematic.

    If you make that 7.2 mil a bonus over 4 years, the problem is Ed’s behavior makes you think he’d be willing to take the money and run. And if he retires or needs to be cut, you’re just dealing with a reacceleration of the bonus into the current cap year.

    So basically, Ed’s behavior is making it IMPOSSIBLE for the Ravens to reasonably extend him. Teams extend contracts to

    1) Manage the cap and/or get cap room
    2) keep the player multiple years

    And with Ed you’re not sure extending him gives you any of those 2

  13. electionconfidential says: Jul 12, 2012 9:45 AM

    There are a lot of players out there demanding money they know they’ll never earn. Brees is being very open with the fact that he wants guaranteed money even if he’s knocked out of football. Ed Reed is 34 and at speed position. The odds that he’ll be worth somewhat less each year from here on out are very good.

    Even a 3 year contract would be guaranteeing big bucks to a 37 year old DB… Very few DBs have performed in the upper echelons at that age. Maybe Ed will / would. The odds are against it. Still, I wish him the best as he’s a great player.

  14. charmcity17 says: Jul 12, 2012 9:46 AM

    I am over it…Ray Rice wants AP money, Joe Flacco wants Drew Brees money, and Suugs said he wants a new contract after he comes back from injury. Now here comes Ed Reed asking for a new contract knowing we have to sign two major players. I hope ownership takes a stand for the long-term future of our team.

  15. tsizzlehotpiss says: Jul 12, 2012 11:01 AM

    I’ve been over Reed’s position since it began. He is too old, has had too many injuries in recent years, and has expressed too many times that he is contemplating retirement over the past 3 years to provide any incentive or justification to Ozzie and the front office to give him more money or extend his contract. His motives are as transparent as they come. If he gets what he wants, he will take the money and retire after this season.

    “[H]e believes he needs to stick up for other players on the issue of getting paid.” LMAO. What a joke, Ed. We all know you are only doing this for yourself. Fine. Sit at home. Thanks for all the good years.

  16. ravenseattheirownpoop says: Jul 12, 2012 12:35 PM

    I love it!!!! Ravens fans keep banging on the Steelers while your ship keeps springing more leaks.

  17. ravenator says: Jul 12, 2012 1:48 PM

    Will the haters be back when the ravens win the AFCN again, time will tell.

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