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While Ed Reed may still have some questions about his current contract, there is much more to his status than he is publicly letting on.
But at this point, Reed is keeping those factors between himself and the Ravens.
“It’s other things that I’m going through, and even certain guys within the organization don’t even know about them,” Reed told reporters during the first day of his youth football camp at Randallstown High School. “‘There are things there that won’t be discussed until I talk to them.”
Declining to specify, Reed said he wants more “support” from the team as he attempts to rehabilitate from an offseason hip procedure.
Reed believes there is work to be done on both sides before he is comfortable, but did say whatever issues he had were “minor.”
“It’s like a marriage,” Reed noted. “There’s going to be some disagreements.
“When it starts to get too much, man, you’ve got to pull back like, ‘Is it worth it, or should I take a pay cut and be somewhere else, you know?’”
Reed has three years remaining on a six-year contract reportedly worth $40 million. Reed made sure to explain that he hasn’t asked for a new contract this year, but he did approach the Ravens last spring for a new deal and was denied.
“The word I got was, ‘Comfortable. We’re comfortable where we’re at,’” said Reed. “You would be comfortable with the plays I’m making on the field paying how much you’re paying me. But statistically and player-wise, the top players in the league, it doesn’t amount up.
“There’s six, seven players in front of me at my position, that honestly I wouldn’t let them hold my jock. And I don’t even wear one. I’m not comparing myself to any guy, but it is what it is.”
Even so, Reed’s primary focus is his health, not contract.
Reed confirmed that he will open training camp on the physically unable to perform list. If he is on the PUP list for Week 1, Reed would be forced to sit out at least six games.
“If I can get back healthy and play the way I’ve been playing, which is my job to get myself back to that point, let me do that first and foremost,” Reed said. “And then we’ll deal with everything else.”