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Late For Work 7/12: Reed: Players Get What They Want By Holding Out

Ravens evaluate supplemental draft LB. McKinnie sheds more pounds, says Vikings exaggerated.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Thursday, July 12th, 2012 at 9:07 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Reed: Players Get What They Want By Holding Out

If you thought safety Ed Reed would clear up his intentions about playing in 2012 during his much-anticipated interview with 105.7 The Fan last night, you were wrong.

While he is working out and preparing for his 11th NFL season, Reed (upbeat throughout his interview) managed to dance around repeated direct questions about his intentions this year.

The All-Pro safety, who held out of mandatory minicamp without calling Head Coach John Harbaugh, is aware of one tactic players can use if they have a few wants.

“The only way we protect ourselves … the only way a player gets what he wants is by holding out,” Reed told host Glenn Younes.  “So if Ray Rice doesn’t show up, so be it.  If Joe Flacco didn’t show up and got a contract, so be it.”

Asked what he’ll be doing when the season starts, Reed said, “Watching Sunday and Monday night football on my sofa, man, and watching these guys play some real good football.”

Since the Ravens have a both a Monday and Sunday night game during their first three contests of the season, it appeared as if Reed doesn’t see himself playing. But later in the interview he talked about making a run at Paul Krause’s all-time NFL record of 81 interceptions (Reed has 57).

Clearly we’ll just have to wait until training camp to see if Reed is going to play. If he does hold out, he could be fined by the Ravens since he is entering the last year of his contract, reportedly worth $7.2 million.

Reed has made headlines with some of his comments about wanting respect from the Ravens and more recently a tweet from over the weekend about “telling the bosses” he’s comfortable at home with his son.

Some fans have been turned off by Reed’s commentary, saying the 11-year veteran shouldn’t complain publicly about money when he is scheduled to make millions this year.

But Reed insists that this isn’t about money. He says there are two sides to this very tough business of football and feels the need to express the players’ side of it.

“When I go to talking…about the business side of things, trust me, I know what I’m talking about,” Reed said. “You can take it as whining, complaining as you want to. Babies whine. I’m a grown-ass man.

“I know where I’m at with my business. I know I already played out my contract, I mean exceeded it [and] all expectations. But it’s not about them. It’s not about the organization because I love football.”

Reed also takes it upon himself to stick up for players around the league, especially since the NFL Players Association “messed up things this offseason.”

“[There's] a lot of stuff about this business, but it comes with it,” Reed said. “I take the good with the bad, but don’t get mad at me when I’m telling you [about] the B.S. that we have to put up with. The B.S. Drew Brees is dealing with. Peyton Manning got cut.

“Ya’ll don’t think the Ravens would cut me? It could happen.”

But if it were solely up to him, would Reed stay in Baltimore to finish out his career?

“I love Baltimore. Baltimore has done me good,” Reed said. “There’s a lot of great fans around here and a lot of jerks. Hey, that’s what it is. You deal with the good and bad. I’m good with staying in Baltimore.”

Feel free to listen to the whole 25-minute interview to come to your own conclusions about Reed’s intentions. One of the main purposes of his appearance was to promote his youth football camp at Stevenson University next week.

Ravens Evaluate Supplemental Draft LB

The Ravens have made inquiries about supplemental draft prospect and Carson Newman linebacker Larry Lumpkin, according to Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times.

We’ll find out later today or tomorrow if the Ravens think the linebacker is worth one of their 2013 picks with the supplement draft scheduled for today.

Lumpkin worked out for team scouts yesterday at Alma Bryant High School in his hometown of Irvington, Ala. At least 18 other teams have shown some sort of interest in the linebacker, says Wilson.

The only player the Ravens have ever selected in a supplemental draft is tackle Jared Gaither.

Lumpkin, a 6-foot, 240-pounder, notched 96 tackles, including 10 for loss, last season at Carson Newman after transferring from Alabama A&M.

He is projected as a later-round draft pick or a priority free agent, according to Wilson.

McKinnie Sheds More Pounds, Says Vikings Exaggerated Weight

Ravens left tackle Bryant McKinnie has given another update on his weight, and it appears he continues to shed pounds.

He says he is now down to 350 pounds, four less than when he left camp and 36 less than what he says he weighed during his time with the Minnesota Vikings.

But wouldn’t that be 50 less than when he left Minnesota? The team claimed McKinnie weighed 400 pounds at the time of his release, but the veteran says that was never true.

“I never was,” McKinnie told Tim Brando on Yahoo! Sports Radio, per The Baltimore Sun. “That was exaggerated by the Vikings.”

Either way, McKinnie is taking the weight goal the Ravens gave him seriously. More importantly, he wants to be in good enough shape to still be playing strong in the third and fourth quarters of each game.

“Once you just be consistent and keep doing it, you start feeling better and better each day every time you go out and do it,” McKinnie said. “Add in the healthy meals and stuff, it definitely makes it a lot better because you’re putting good fuel into your body.”

Quick Hits

  • @RavensInsider [Wilson]: My take: I don’t think Ed Reed will hold out. I expect him to play despite all speculation. I think he’s having fun with people on Twitter [Twitter]
  • Unfortunately Terrell Suggs did not win the ESPY award for NFL Best Player (Aaron Rodgers did), but I liked his attitude going in … @untouchablejay4: No matter what happens, I just want thank all of you who voted I appreciate the love! [Whether] we win 2nite or not, we all know the big goal! [Twitter]
  • @BryantMckinnie: My new juicer that Ray Lewis recommended has just arrived, so ill be adding this 2 my diet. [Twitter]
  • @ProFootballTalk: ESPN re-signs Mel Kiper, Adam Schefter, John Clayton and Ed Werder [Twitter]
  • @OJBrigance: Very honored to share that 2 players from Rice University have changed their numbers to honor myself and King Hill. [Twitter/BriganceBrigade.org]
  • There are rumors that Van Halen will be selected as the halftime act for Super Bowl XLVII next February in New Orleans. David Lee Roth addressed the growing speculation: “I’m compelled to address the now-rampant rumors that Van Halen is playing the [Super Bowl]. First of all let me say this – be still my pigskin heart. That honor has not been bestowed upon us at this time though it is one we would accept in a NY minute.” [USA Today]

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