Redding Not Looking At Free Agency Yet

The veteran defensive lineman said he is still ‘a little heartbroken’ after losing to the Pats.

Posted by Garrett Downing on Thursday, January 26th, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Categories: AFC Title vs Patriots, Garrett Downing

Cory Redding has been a starting defensive end and veteran leader in the locker room during his two seasons with the Ravens.

But Redding’s two-year contract expires at the end of the league season in March, and he is unsure if he’ll be back in Baltimore next year. 
“I stand now today, I’m a free agent,” Redding said Monday. “I’m definitely evaluating myself and where I stand in my career and just kind of taking it one day at a time. I’m just enjoying the moments I had in this locker room with these guys because the makeup of this team is going to be different next year.”
As the Ravens cleared out their lockers Monday to begin the offseason, Redding said his upcoming contract discussions were not at the top of his mind, as the frustration of losing the AFC championship game was still fresh.
“Not looking at that yet,” Redding said. “It’s still a tough one to swallow. It is what it is, man.”
Redding started in 11 games this season, registering 43 tackles and 4.5 sacks. The sack total was his highest since 2006.
During his nine-year career, Redding has been through some extreme highs and lows. He went through a winless season with the Detroit Lions in 2008, and this year was the closest he has ever come to making a Super Bowl.
“I’m a little heartbroken, but when we look back at it, we had opportunities and that’s all you can ask for, is just an opportunity to get a chance to play and play for your childhood dreams,” Redding said. “We did some good things this year, and that’s all I’m hanging my hat on.”
As Redding packed up for the offseason, he went through the painfully familiar process of leaving with a sense of disappointment, and an uncertainty about his future with the Ravens.
“That comes with it; guys come and go,” Redding said. “Losses with guys getting cut, guys getting traded, end of the season, free agency, all that kind of stuff.
“You know that in this game, nothing is forever and that’s why you have to enjoy the moments you have and opportunities you get because you don’t know if they’ll ever come back.”

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