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Reed Wants to Play in Baltimore Long-Term

Reed Wants Another Long-Term Deal in Baltimore

After an off-season that included thoughts about retirement, skipping mandatory mini-camp, and vague threats of a possible holdout it seems as if Ed Reed has changed his tune.

Reed now says that he’s fully committed to the Ravens.

So much so that he wants to work out a long term deal to stay in Baltimore for possibly the rest of his career.

Here are his comments:

“What transpired months back transpired. What happened because of what I had to deal with family wise and what I’ve been going through for the last 11 years now in the league you know it’s always a time when you have to assess yourself. Once you get to a certain part and you’ve been doing it maybe not being as vocal guys don’t be as vocal with it, but when you’re dealing with the business side of it, too, that’s something you have to deal with.

“I choose to deal with it the way I deal with it. That way, young guys know it. Kids will know it as they come up. Their parents will know it. I’m not a guy who holds things back. That’s why you get what you get. And if I didn’t do it that way, you wouldn’t have the information to write about.”

w Ozzie and them know I want to be here. We will get that done when it’s time to cross that bridge. I’m good with football right now. I’m focused on the season. That’s all I’m worried about right now is getting my teammates better and get myself better and get ready to go forward this season.

“Like I said, they know I’m assessing myself year to year. Would I like to play more? Of course, but the body tells you something different. You know, that’s something you always deal with after the season. So, when we cross that bridge y’all guys will know.”

“I have a lot of respect for this organization obviously. They gave me a chance back in 2002 to come here and play and I know they have respect for me. The disrespectful things I talked about was something that I was dealing with when it came to me seeing doctors and stuff like that. So, I mean that’s something you deal with. It’s no different than what regular folks go through on their job. This is a job. That’s what a lot of people are missing. There’s a lot we deal with because it is a physical job.”

Reed continues to be one of the most enigmatic stars in Ravens history. It’s hard for me to say much more at this point after reading all of that.

One thing is for certain. Now that he’s in camp and ready for the season he’ll give his all in 2012 to help this team attempt to complete their unfinished business with going to a Super Bowl.

After that is anyone’s guess.

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