The future Hall of Famer is entering the final year of his six-year, $44.4 million contract. It is rumored that this may be a ploy to get a new contract…after all the Ravens recently signed CB Lardarius Webb to a six-year, $50 million contract extension.
This is not the first time Reed has hinted that he may not return, he’s pulled this stunt every year since 2008. In the past three seasons, Reed only played one full season. He’s had his share of injuries and there is no way to tell how much gas is left in the tank. In March he said he could see himself playing for four or five more seasons and now he hints that he may be done.
After recently losing LB Terrell Suggs for a good portion of the season due to an Achilles tendon injury, now is not the time to play the boy who cried wolf. Reed is becoming the Brett Favre of Baltimore. While most fans believe that he will not retire before the start of the season, it still puts them on high alert and makes them wonder what will happen if he actually follows through with it.
Please stop hinting that you may retire, if you’re going to do it, just do it already. It is only fair that you give the Ravens ample time to fill your roster spot, you have big shoes to fill. You are a fan favorite, don’t make us angry, you wouldn’t like us when we’re angry. Just do your job and we’ll do ours’, we like yelling “REEEEEEEEEED!”
Only time will tell how this end and we can only hope that we will see #20 on the field this season.