“I’m not making it a big deal,” Reed said on The Norris and Davis Show, via Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun.
“[But] I think it needs to be taken care of.”
That’s rather surprising to hear considering Reed has three years left on a contract that averages more than $6.5 million-per-season through 2012. Still, Reed seems to understand his leverage problems if he’s not fully committed to playing much longer.
“I’m not going to ask the Ravens about anything if I’m not going to play
any much longer,” he said. “I appreciate the opportunity that the
Ravens have given me. I’m not about to ask them for anything if I’m not
going to be playing. My focus is to get myself back. I’m coming back for
at least for one more year.”
Perhaps just as noteworthy, Reed admitted that his recovery from hip surgery could force him to miss part of the regular season.
“I believe with the hip, it could be a realistic thing where it could be
October, November and December. We don’t know,” Reed said.
Reed is an all-time great, but that quote above is why he shouldn’t hold his breath about getting any extra money anytime soon.