Ed Reed back at Baltimore Ravens training camp after prolonged holdout

7/26/12 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsFor the past nine months or so, Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed has made a strong stand on his contract negotiations. Ed Reed is entering the final year of his $44 million contract which he signed with the Baltimore Ravens in 2006. Only recently, Ed Reed made the decision to holdout on the three-day training camp for rookie and veterans. Ed Reed had already held out on the Baltimore Ravens’ voluntary and mandatory offseason workouts this year.
However on Wednesday morning, Ed Reed had a change of heart and appeared at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owens Mills at approximately 10:00 a.m. Ed Reed quietly made his way into the team’s training facility, carrying his baseball and a jug of water fir the workout with him, and avoiding the reporters.
Ed Reed’s stance on his future after an 11-year NFL career has constantly shifted throughout the season. At one point Ed Reed was all fired-up to enter the negotiations face for a new contract following holdout on team workouts, while at others, he almost appeared ready to retire, a constant after-though at the back of his head that prevailed in the early offseason. By the past Wednesday, Ed Reed was back to ensuring that he will remain in the NFL scene, at least through the coming season.
"I retired this offseason, I honestly got myself away from football," said Ed Reed. "That's why I didn't come to minicamp. I was away from football. I was spending time with my family."
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, appeared very confident on Tuesday that Ed Reed had the intention of continuing to play with the team.
“Ed Reed plans on being here. Talked with Ed, had a great conversation,” said John Harbaugh. “I’m looking forward to seeing him.”
The 33-year-old Ed Reed is arguably the one of the top-level safeties in NFL.  Since he became Pro in 2002, Ed Reed has the earned the title fro the most intercepts in NFL with 54.The Baltimore Ravens and the player who is set to make $7.2 million during the final year of his contract, may have concluded negotiations earlier had there not been problems due to Ed Reed’s lack of representation. And Ed Reed is still sailing through the offseason without an agent to work on his contract. It will definitely make it even more difficult for Ed Reed to achieve his dream of playing in the league for the next four or five years, which he expressed during an interview in March.
In the recent past, the holdout has remained Ed Reeds prime weapon during negotiations for a contract as he expressed earlier on, “The only way a player gets what he wants is by holding out.”
Teammate Ray Rice’s contract will undoubtedly serve as an inspiration for Ed Reed as the Baltimore Ravens’ deal with the running back proves their commitment towards putting together the big pieces before the offseason further progresses.
For all its worth, Ray Rice was apparently pleased with the Baltimore Ravens after signing-up to a lucrative contract and expressed last week, “The smile says it all.”
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