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Reed's comments becoming alarming

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Reed's comments becoming alarming

Ed Reeds latest salvo regarding his intentions for 2012 certainly is more alarming than anything he has previously lobbed at the Ravens.

When host Glenn Younes of radio station 105.7 The Fan asked him directly Wednesday night what he would be doing when the season starts, Reed replied, Watching Sunday and Monday night football on my sofa, man, and watching these guys play some real good football.

That doesnt sound like a guy who will be in uniform and on the field this fall.

Reed also said he believes the only way players get what they want is by holding out.

The only way we protect ourselves the only way a player gets what he wants is by holding out, he said. So if Ray Rice doesnt show up, so be it. If Joe Flacco didnt show up and got a contract, so be it.

The Ravens have steadfastly stuck to their organizational belief that Reed, despite his chirping, will eventually rejoin the team, probably on time, and play a full season in 2012 even though he obviously is upset about not receiving a contract extension. As things stand now, the six-year, 44 million deal he signed in 2006 is due to expire after this season.

But after this latest interview, it seems entirely possible that Reed will not be on hand for the start of training camp, which begins next week. And who knows how long he might sit out?

There is a lot of stuff about this business, but it comes with it, Reed said. 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.

Reed, known for talking in circles, also told Younes that he has been working out for the season, and he mentioned taking a run at Paul Krausses NFL career interceptions record of 81 (Reed has 57). That sounded like someone who would play in 2012. Asked if he would be happy to finish his career in Baltimore, he said, I love Baltimore. Baltimore has done me good.

Theres no telling what Reed will do when camp opens next week. He might show up, shut up and suit up, as he has done in prior years after complaining about his contract and casting doubts about his future during the offseason. Or he might finally take the more aggressive approach and stay away, hoping that convinces the Ravens to give him what he wants.

The Ravens didnt think it would come to that, but after hearing this latest interview, it might.

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The Ravens' future isn't Joe Flacco - but they don't want to face him in the AFC

The Ravens' future isn't Joe Flacco - but they don't want to face him in the AFC

The Baltimore Ravens made it clear after their Wild Card loss that Lamar Jackson would be their quarterback going forward, bringing the somewhat official end to Joe Flacco's 11-year career with the team.

So what's next for the Super Bowl MVP?

Retirement after a fruitful NFL career is an option, but in a league where teams are desperate for a seasoned veteran, Flacco could find himself with another affluent contract. The Ravens, too, could get something nice in return.

"Let's start with a second-round pick," former Redskins GM Charley Casserly said. "It's negotiable, we're going to keep him in pencil. Who am I not going to trade him to? Well, I may not have a choice. I may only have one trade pick. I don't want him in the AFC. I don't want this guy costing me a playoff position next year."

There are several AFC teams in need of a QB, too. The Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars would jump at the chance to get Flacco under center.

But it may not be that easy for the Ravens.

"If the team wants to renegotiate his contract, Flacco controls the trade," Casserly adds. "He can simply say, 'no' [and the] Ravens may have to just release him and let Joe go his own way." 

The former GM adds that he expects something to be settled come March. Why? Casserly places Teddy Bridgewater and Nick Foles as hotter free agency pickups for QB needy teams, and with the 2019 NFL Draft not offering a ton in terms of first-round quarterbacks, the Ravens may have to act fast in order to get a return on their investment. 

One team that is definitely in need of a QB1 is the Washington Redskins. The idea could interest Flacco as his family of seven could stay put in the DMV area. But can the Redskins afford Flacco? 

The team is facing a huge cap charge with Alex Smith, whose career is in question after suffering a catastrophic leg injury, and a rookie they can mold could make more sense than a 34-year-old Flacco.

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Ravens reportedly agree to a deal keeping John Harbaugh in Baltimore long term

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Ravens reportedly agree to a deal keeping John Harbaugh in Baltimore long term

The Ravens have reportedly agreed in principle to a new contract extension with head coach John Harbaugh, a move already being praised by national pundits everywhere. 

It was nearly a month ago that the Ravens announced Harbaugh would be returning as the team’s head coach in 2019, which was noteworthy considering his status as a potential lame duck head coach.

In the same release, the team announced they were working towards a contract extension with Harbaugh, whose current deal was set to expire next year.

Despite reports from national NFL insiders, including Jason La Canfora and Peter King, that Harbaugh might prefer to hit free agency as a highly sought-after head coach after the 2019 season, it appears the Ravens will keep him in Baltimore for the foreseeable future. 

This news comes on the heels of a busier-than-usual coaching carousel, with a quarter of the 32 NFL teams changing head coaches in the last month, including two AFC North rivals. Harbaugh almost certainly would have been the cream of the crop among coaching free agents no matter when he became available, so the Ravens were looking to lock him up long term.

After a tough November home loss to the Steelers that put the team at 4-5, Harbaugh was asked about his job security, and he remained steadfast and confident.

"I've never been someone who's worried about keeping a job," Harbaugh said. "It's always been, for me, [about] doing the job. I've got a bunch of great coaches and a bunch of great players that bust their tails every day to do the best job they can. I feel really good about the way this team has been coached for the last 11 years, and for the last number of weeks we've been in the season. So, there are no regrets. Never been any regrets here with me."

After that game, the Ravens rattled off six wins in seven games to make the playoffs, and many players credited Harbaugh with keeping the team together. It was prior to Week 16 when the front office announced Harbaugh would be returning no matter how the season ended, but the strong finish and AFC North title certainly made the decision easier.

A coach with a special teams background, Harbaugh is an anomaly in the current era of young, offensive-minded head coaches. He won Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, and holds a 104-72 career record in Baltimore.

The terms of the new deal have not yet been released, but it will be interesting how many years the team is committing to Harbaugh.

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