This just in: Ed Reed isnt very happy.
Hes not happy that the Ravens have not extended his six-year, 40 million contract that is due to expire at the end of the coming season. Reed skipped the Ravens voluntary and mandatory minicamps and has taken to the Twitterverse to lob not-so-subtle hints that he could retire or hold out if a new deal isnt reached.
The latest salvo toward the Castle came Wednesday night. Reed told 105.7 The Fans Glenn Younes that on the opening weekend of the season, Reed will be watching Sunday and Monday night football on my sofa, man, and watching these guys play some real good football.
Reed also said that, I take the good with the bad, but dont get mad at me when Im telling you about the BS that we have to put up with. The BS Drew Brees is dealing with. Peyton Manning got cut.
Yall dont think the Ravens would cut me? It could happen.
Well, he has a point there. If the Colts can release Peyton Manning, I suppose no one is safe. And it is true that, in the past, the Ravens have released some talented, popular players. Just last summer, the Ravens jolted the locker room and the Ravens fan base by releasing Todd Heap and Derrick Mason, among others, in a swift salary purge.
Reeds case is different, though.
I just dont see the Ravens, exasperated as they must be by Reeds antics, jettisoning their future Hall of Fame safety.
First of all, when Heap was released, it was done in part to shed payroll, but also because the Ravens felt the young (and cheaper) tight end duo of Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta was ready to emerge as a viable alternative. That turned out to be a shrewd move.
Mason, too ,was 37 years old and production was waning, and the Ravens saw a chance to get younger and cheaper without a dropoff in production. Torrey Smith mitigated the loss of Mason.
But if the Ravens dont have Reed at the back end of the defense, what are the options? Journeyman Sean Considine or rookie Christian Thompson would likely become a starter. Do they comb the waiver wire? The free agent scrap heap? That cant be what the Ravens are looking for, particularly with Terrell Suggs out for at least half the season.
In short, the Ravens need Reed more than they probably want to admit, given all his shenanigans this offseason. He isn't getting any younger -- he turns 34 in September -- and this PR campaign of his must be infuriating. But he remains a cornerstone of the Ravens defense and the Ravens, plain and simple, are better with him than without him.
The Ravens might make salary cap cuts, and obviously must trim the training camp roster several times. But dont expect Reed to be one of the cuts.