I spit out my Royal Farms coffee yesterday when I read that quote from Reed where he basically half-indicated he was going to grace the club with his presence in training camp but warned “They’re not going to get me for cheap. There’s no chance of that.”
Memo to Ed Reed — YOU ALREADY HAVE A CONTRACT, BRO. YOU’RE NOT NEGOTIATING WITH THE TEAM. THEY’RE GOING TO GET YOU FOR $7.2 MILLION THIS SEASON BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT YOU AGREED TO FIVE YEARS AGO.
“They’re not going to get me for cheap. There’s no chance of that.”
That’s a sure fire way to get the front office folks to feel all warm and fuzzy about you, huh?
Threatening the club publicly…boy oh boy, that sure seems like a great way to do business.
And doing it while your teammate and all-world defensive teammate is injured? That’s some fancy wheelin’ and dealin’ there.
It would take a lot for Baltimore to turn on Ed Reed. For my money, he’s one of the five most popular Baltimore athletes of the last 15 years. You see his jerseys everywhere and you hear 70,000 people yell “Reeeeeeed” every other Sunday when the faithful cram their way into M&T Bank Stadium. I wouldn’t have thought it possible for football fans to give Reed the proverbial middle finger, but if he continues this silly act of trying to extort the club out of new money in the wake of a major injury to another player, I think he might get the two-handed version of that finger.
Honestly, Ed Reed is one of those lifetime-free-pass athletes here in Charm City. He can’t screw this up.
Make that, he shouldn’t be able to screw this up.
But he’s on the way to creating a hot mess, not only with the Ravens but the fans here who have supported him since 2002.
Somehow, Ed Reed is on the verge of doing something that no Baltimore sports figure has ever been able to do — he’s getting close to having the city turn its back on him.
It’s never happened before.
But it might be happening now.