Reed’s training camp ploy…just business as usual for #20

June 12, 2012 | Drew Forrester

Fortunately for John Harbaugh, most of the players on his roster understand how the real world works and they also get the concept of “mandatory”.

Reed not showing up on Tuesday really isn’t that big of a deal.  Even if he did post, he wouldn’t really break a sweat, so what’s the difference?

He’s going to try and send a message to the Ravens by staying away.

The Ravens will go on with business as usual and, privately, nearly everyone who matters in the organization will giggle at the silly message Ed is trying to deliver.

Here’s a fact:  Ed Reed isn’t getting a new contract from the Ravens.  Not this summer, anyway.

He’ll eventually show up, brood for a day or two, say something to the media that raises a few eyebrows, and then all will be fine with the world.

The Ravens are as sure as they can be of that scenario playing out.

Chances are good they’re going to be right.

Ed needs to come up with a new technique.

Perhaps this one might work better:  How about showing up for work like everyone else with a contract does and put your time in the way the rest of your teammates do…

That’s a new one for Reed, but it might be more effective than today’s failure-to-appear stunt.

6 Comments For This Post

  1. Paul Says:

    Why to set a good example Ed Reed= greAt player not a leader.

  2. The "Armchair QB" Says:

    Ed Reed has proven that he is a “gamer” in every sense of the word! So, his absence is a non-issue. As long as he’s able to perform on game day, who cares whether he’s in camp or not! In fact, he’s less likely to get hurt if he’s NOT practicing!

  3. PghSteve Says:

    You can be sure the young players are taking note of Reed’s absence. When the going gets tough in November or December, it will be Ray Lewis (still) who will be the leader of that team. It is a shame that Reed can’t come in with the attitude that the main goal here is a Super Bowl ring, not a new contract. No, missing a mini camp won’t affect Reed’s play, but it will color the way other players look at him. Interesting that Suggs can attend the camp, but not Reed.

    Worth noting perhaps, is that Polamalu managed to show up for all of the mini-camps this off-season, even the optional ones. Said he wanted to set an example for the younger players on the team. Will it make a difference?

  4. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    Unfortunately this is becoming Old Hat with Reed, the Ravens should fine him and accept his check and donate the fine money. Great player but the fans are getting tired of his antics.

  5. jpetrosino Says:

    Sounds like my wife who gets moody and doesn’t say a word what’s bothering her. “Did I hold my fork the wrong way?”

    Go ahead and pound sand if you expect me to be a mind reader…And, by the way, if I do give you a new contract that you like will you do the same thing 2 years later if you feel “undervalued” again.

    If I was an NFL owner, I will include a “no whining” clause on every contract that you gleefully play every year of your contract even if another player in your position is making more money in the future. If you feel uncomfortable about that possibility, THEN DON’T SIGN THE CONTRACT and play somewhere else who will tolorate your sensativities.

  6. barnyard Says:

    Ed Reed will be a Raven this yr, that’s for sure. He isn’t going to walk away on 7mil contract. Oh contract, that’s right, a contract he signed in good faith that is also legal & binding. How Ed plays this tr will depend if the Ravens even want him around next yr or be offered a new contract. If I were Ed Weed, (pun intended), I would be in the best shape of my life & play my azz off if I wanted another big payday from Baltimore. If not, it’s this yr & then the sunset for this malcontent.

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