Ed Reed has made a few things clear this week. Among them are that he has “no clue” about when he’ll be ready to play following offseason hip surgery, he’s looking for more support from the Ravens, and he didn’t approach the team about a new contract this year.
In a session with Baltimore-area reporters Wednesday, Reed revealed that he further damaged his hip by playing in the playoffs last season, and has “minor” problems with the Ravens, although he declined to elaborate on what those issues are before addressing the team, according to The Baltimore Sun.
“It’s like a marriage,” Reed said from his football camp. “There are going to be disagreements. You’ve got to work with that person. When it starts to get too much, you got to pull back [and ask,] ‘Is it worth it or should I take a pay cut and be on another team?'”
Per The Sun, Reed doesn’t have any “ill will” toward the Ravens, but doesn’t feel he’s been rewarded for playing injured in the postseason.
“I haven’t had the support from the other side as you think has been there,” Reed said. “If I don’t say it now, it won’t ever get said.”
Now it’s said. The fire is stoked.
Not only is Ravens coach John Harbaugh not worried, but downplayed the situation while telling 105.7 The Fan on Thursday that the two have a “real close” relationship.
“We’ve had lots of conversations about a lot of things,” Harbaugh said. “He has a good heart. He cares about the Ravens. I think he cares about his legacy as a football player. I believe he’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer. I think he wants to finish strong.
“The thing I’ve shared with him is, we as a coaching staff want to do everything we can to help him be the best player he can be as he finishes his career, and have the greatest legacy he can possibly have, and win as many games, championships and all those other things, and I know he wants that. All the other stuff, to me, that’s best addressed one-on-one, face-to-face.”