Ed Reed: ‘The only way a player gets what he wants is by holding out’

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OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens star free safety Ed Reed continued to stir the pot, avoiding saying that he definitely will play this fall.

Although Reed is expected to continue playing at least one more year and has been preparing to play by working out throughout the offseason, the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year also said during a radio interview on Wednesday night with 105.7 The Fan: "The only way a player gets what he wants is by holding out."

However, Reed didn’t indicate that he actually would hold out.

Reed, 33, is entering the final year of a six-year, $40 million contract and is due a $7.2 million base salary this season.

It’s fairly obvious that Reed wants a new deal.

"I already exceeded expectations," Reed said.

A contract extension for Reed was discussed last year, but talks went nowhere. One obstacle to any type of serious negotiations: Reed has no current representation as far as an agent.

He does have financial advisors, but hasn’t had a registered NFL agent representing him for years since firing Eugene Mato. Mato and Greg Genske negotiated Reed’s last contract.

"This is not about money," Reed said. "This is a business. There’s two sides to every business.”

For anyone saying the Pro Bowl safety doth protest too much about his status, Reed memorably said: "Babies whine, I’m a grown-ass man."

Reed skipped a mandatory full-team minicamp and is expected to be fined under the NFL collective bargaining agreement.

Reed emphasized that he wants to spend as much time as possible with family, including his four-year old son this offseason.

"I’ve been working out this whole offseason, but there’s other things that are more important to me," Reed said.

Reed did say he’s happy playing in Baltimore, though.

"I love Baltimore," Reed said. "I’m good with staying in Baltimore.”

Reed did acknowledge that he got motivated by talking with former San Francisco 49ers defensive back Eric Wright when he ran into him this year at a Las Vegas casino along with 49ers Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott.

Reed has a football camp for kids next week at Stevenson University.

Reed is tied for 11th on the NFL all-time list with 57 career interceptions.

And Reed said that he would like to make a run at Paul Krause’s all-time NFL record of 81 interceptions.

What are Reed’s plans for the future?

"The next couple years, I’m going to do some golfing, get back in school, take care of my family," Reed said.

 

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3 Raves on “Ed Reed: ‘The only way a player gets what he wants is by holding out’

  1. Roy Norris on said:

    Grown men get to the point and don’t get wishy-washy. Ed is a great player and I hope he plays his entire career with the Ravens. But I’m guessing that it’s not just me that is tired of all his BS the past few years. Either you are playing or you’re not…if you want an extension on your contract, contact Ozzie and/or Steve…at least that is what a mature grown man would do.

  2. Annette on said:

    It’s an enormous amount of money to risk “holding out”. Although a very important asset to The Ravens, I am sure there are dozens of younger, stronger models of Mr Reed who are “hungry” to impress.

  3. ELKRIDGE FAN on said:

    Forget about whether anyone else wants him. I put this in much simpler terms. WHY whould Ed Reed WANT to play anywhere BUT Baltimore? He IS the elder Statesman, now that Ray Lewis has retired. He is BELOVED by everyone in the State. He is LOVING all the cool Post-Super Bowl stuff, like going to the Oscars Red Carpet and rubbing elbows with George Clooney and the like. If he went ANYWHERE else, he would be another guy on the sideline. ED REED is bigger than being another guy on the sideline. Fortunately, he doesn’t NEED more money. I think, if HE thinks about it, it will NEVER BE BETTER than Playing in Baltimore! And at the end of the week, he will REMAIN a RAVEN!

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