Ravens star free safety Ed Reed continued to stir the pot, avoiding saying that he definitely will play this fall, Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times reports.
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 tonight 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.
Reed added: “This is not about money. This is a business. There’s two sides to every business.”
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.”