Ravens living legend Ed Reed says he might be on the couch this season.
Ed Reed has stepped up his recent salvos against the Ravens for not granting him a new deal. As documented Reed is walking into the final year of his deal without any concrete paperwork from the Ravens to extend his tenure there.
His recent stance is a clear indication that he has no desire to retire. He’s due a final $7.2 million dollars this year and if this was seriously “it” he would cash out this year.
Players that are extended most certainly take pay reductions in their current year to give their team’s cap space to breathe a little easier in the short-term.
Reed is one of the smartest players to ever play the game, if we were indeed retiring as rumors have recently suggested, he would not be waging a war for more time.
Unless Reed’s stance is really more along the lines of I am retiring unless you deliver a huge sack of money on my doorstep. For who he is and how he has carried himself, that mode-of-operation is really not his style.
So let’s get to the comments that he made to the Baltimore Sun. What was most interesting to me is the fact that expressed displeasure with new CBA.
He says that the decertified NFLPA led by Demaurice Smith, ““messed things up.” Reed is referring to how this agreement has made it really hard for players to hold out when they are fighting for extensions.
He’s not the first player to do so as Falcons WR Roddy White echoed similar sentiments recently that the players took a “bad deal.”
“The only way we protect ourselves, the only way a player gets what he wants is by holding out,” Reed said. “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.”
Rice has indicated that if need be he will play under the franchise tag but he is firmly in the hunt for a new deal.
Flacco is like Reed hungry for a new deal with one year left on his contract clock.
The Ravens front office most likely won’t be able to satisfy everyone immediately and that is how this situation can get sticker in terms of morale.
Reed could be very serious when he says that he won’t show up. Where does he think he will be during this NFL season?
“Watching Sunday and Monday night football on my sofa, man, and watching these guys play some real good football.”
Maybe that retirement talk wasn’t so far off after all. We’ll see how this goes down when training camp opens.