Ed Reed has been subtly and not so subtly lobbying for a new contract throughout this offseason.
According to ESPNs Chris Mortensen, a new contract with the Ravens might be forthcoming but only after the season, and only after he tests the free agent market.
Dont forget, the Ravens once let Ray Lewis test the market with his last contract, Mortensen said. Their philosophy is Ray, well prove we love you more with our offer. If you want to go out and compare the offers to others. I think theyll do the same thing with Ed Reed.
Ed Reed will play this year for the 7.2 million, he added. If he wants to test free agency next year he can, but they will offer him a deal after the season.
Reed skipped the mandatory minicamp and during the offseason made veiled references to holding out or even retirement. But then he told CSNBaltimores Brent Harris that he will report and that I always planned on playing this year. I never thought about not playing. I want to play for four or five years after this, but Father Time and his plans, and how you feel after the season, that always says something different.
Jason LaCanfora reported that the team offered Reed a multi-year deal last year at below 8 million, and Reed turned it down.
What kind of deal might be coming next season? Its hard to fathom the Ravens giving Reed a long-term deal, given that he will be 34 this season and has been bothered by neck and shoulder injuries. So the question will continue to linger: How much does he have left in the tank?
Reed is, as he put it, facing Father Time again this season. And that might be his toughest opponent of the season as he tries to position himself for one more big NFL payday next offseason.