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.