In the midst of praising the return of NFL referees, Ravens safety Ed Reed turned the conversation to his contract status for the second time in less than a week.
Reed, 34, didn't report to mandatory mini-camp and threatened to hold out of training camp if he didn't get a new deal. He showed up on time, however, and is making 7.2 million in the final year of his contract.
"We don't get treated the way we want to get treated. When we speak out and say things that we should say, or the truth that we speak, we get criticized," said Reed, when asked how he felt about the referees lockout being lifted for Thursday's 23-16 win vs. the Cleveland Browns. "I'm glad those guys got back on the filed and got what they deserved."
But he continued on a rant that steered the focus to his own status with the Ravens -- as safety Bernard Pollard, who has a neighboring locker, shouted "Preach" -- and then back to the referees. Reed knows what it was liked to be locked out as NFL players went through a similar labor dispute with the league just one year ago.
"You're going to say Ed Reed is whining, but I'm the one out there playing my heart out and not getting what I deserve," said Reed, who signed for 40 million in 2006. "I know the business and you don't see the work that we put into it. You don't know how we get treated and talked to. You don't know the behind-the-scenes of what those referees were going through being locked out."
The Ravens worked out a new deal with running back Ray Rice, giving him a five-year contract worth 40 million, and still have to finalize one for quarterback Joe Flacco.
Reed doesn't have an agent, which means the Ravens would deal directly with him in negotiations.
On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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