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Reed: Not Getting Respect I Deserve
Ed Reed plans on playing football in 2012, but he said plans tend to change.
Whether the All-Pro safety’s plans to play this season actually do change may depend on “getting respect” he feels he deserves.
Reed confirmed that he tried to renegotiate his contract with the Ravens last year, but “took the back seat” in those negotiations when they didn’t go down the way he expected.
“My plan when I went to negotiate was always, it’s always to help the team. I was not trying to break the bank. Do I deserve a good substantial amount? I mean you look at Peyton [Manning, Broncos quarterback]. Peyton got five [years] for $96 [million]? I know I’m not a quarterback, but at the end of the day …
“They pay certain positions certain ways. I’m different, man.”
The 33-year-old safety is considered a future Hall of Famer and could go down as one of the best safeties of all time. His leadership in a young defensive backfield that includes Lardarius Webb, Jimmy Smith and Cary Williams has been invaluable and his game-changing ability torments opposing offenses.
Entering the final year of his reported six-year, $44.4 million contract, Reed is scheduled to make $7.2 million next season.
“Honestly, I got to take a look at myself from the outside in,” Reed said. “For what I offer on the football field, for what I give on the football field and for what they know they’re going to get, it’s much more than these young guys out here today and what they’re getting. And I’m talking about at any defensive back position right now.”
Reed acknowledged that he missed some tackles during the season, including one that led to a touchdown in the regular-season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals. He believes that his missed tackles are more glaring because safeties don’t have anyone behind them to make up for mistakes the way defensive lineman do.
He believes his football smarts and tendency to alter games makes up for mistakes. After those missed tackles, Reed was still a critical cog in the Ravens’ playoff run. He made a game preserving interception against the Houston Texans in the divisional playoff and batted down a pass at the end of the AFC championship game to give the Ravens offense a chance to win.
Reed’s presence in the backfield was a big reason why the Ravens defense allowed an NFL-low 11 passing touchdowns.
“I’ve been dealing with some stuff personally with some certain comments from people who I work with, whether they know it or not, they made them,” Reed said. “But they made them and they don’t … whether you think I’m a business-minded man or don’t listen to you, I do. It’s not bad, but it’s something that you take to heart because at the end of the day, I know I’m giving everything and they know I’m giving everything on that football field.”
Reed has dealt with injuries in recent years that include a nerve impingement in his neck and shoulder and he had reconstructive hip surgery during the 2010 offseason.
And despite entertaining the idea of retiring, Reed told journalists last week in Miami that he feels he can play another four or five years. If he is going to continue to put his body on the line, however, Reed wants long-term insurance.
“When I’m on the football field, I’m giving you everything,” Reed said. “Do the Ravens know that? Yes they do. Did Ozzie [Newsome, general manager] know that Ed Reed was going to be playing against the Pittsburgh Steelers regardless of negotiating his contract? Yes he did. Did Ed Reed get the respect that he deserves? No he did not. Am I gonna get it? Probably won’t. Hopefully he do. If I don’t, then, hey man, I’m alright with me.”
Reed said that if the Ravens do renegotiate a contract with him, the team knows that he will put his heart into every single year he plays.
“And I know if I’m giving my heart to football, it’s going to take a toll on my later life,” he said. “My family has got to be taken care of. I don’t want to hear that I’m getting old. I don’t want to hear that.”
After being drafted by the Ravens in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL draft, Brown became a three-year starter. He made a name for himself those three years and made big bucks on the free-agent market with the St. Louis Rams in 2009.
Showing he has durability, Brown has only missed two starts in the last 5 years.
The Ravens have made it clear that they are looking to continue to build the offensive line. They currently have center Matt Birk, 35, signed for the next three seasons, but could still use more depth and long-term security at the position.
Brown is scheduled to visit the San Francisco 49ers this weekend and is “drawing interest from several teams,” reports La Canfora.
Carr Signs With Vikings
Former Ravens cornerback Chris Carr and the Minnesota Vikings agreed to a one-year deal Wednesday, according to La Canfora.
Running back Ray Rice pulled off a second-round upset against New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees in the Madden 13 cover vote. He won by only two percentage points. Rice moves on to the quarterfinals to take on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. [ESPN]
“I think once again people are getting carried away with their reactions to Flacco’s comments,” wrote Matt Vensel. “Flacco might not have articulated it in an ideal way, but he was just saying that he believes in himself, and the nature of his job requires that he carries himself with confidence.” [The Baltimore Sun]