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.