Despite tweets to the contrary from Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed, legendary linebacker Ray Lewis is confident the future Hall of Famer will show when training camp commences on July 27 at Owings Mills, Maryland.
“Back home with my son,” tweeted Reed, 33, an eight-time All-Pro who was rightfully voted a member of the 2000s NFL All-Decade Team. “He’s riding his bike [and] I’m doing yard work! Tell the bosses I’m comfortable!”
Reed, a native of Louisiana who has played his entire professional career in Baltimore since being selected by the Ravens with the 24th pick in the 2002 NFL Draft out of the University of Miami, has mulled retiring from the collision sport due to health concerns for the past few years.
The 2004 AP Defensive Player of the Year, one of the most dominant safeties in league history, has long battled injuries and it’s obvious, and understandable, that he’s pressing Baltimore’s hierarchy for more loot.
“I talk to him all the time. I don’t expect nothing different,” said Lewis, 37, a 13-time Pro Bowler and seven-time First Team All-Pro. “Ed is Ed and when July 25th comes up, Ed will be here and we’ll be getting ready to roll.”
Lewis is probably right that Reed will soon “be getting ready to roll.”
Unfortunately for Reed and the Ravens, superstar linebacker Terrell Suggs will likely miss the entire upcoming season due to a torn achilles tendon he suffered while training on April 28.
The loss of the 29-year-old Suggs, a five-time Pro Bowl selection who earned the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year award, is a severe shot to the scrotum for Baltimore.
Nevertheless, Reed is in the final year of his contract and Lewis is nearing the end of his career.
Plus, on the offensive side of the ball, quarterback Joe Flacco showed signs of maturation on the gridiron in January and the embattled signal-caller may be prepared to help the Ravens advance into February.
The superstar Hurricane of yesteryear has never won a Super Bowl and, with or without Suggs, 2012 will be his final realistic opportunity to capture an elusive Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Therefore, expect Ed Reed to quit “doing yard work” and perform for one last autumn in the notoriously violent “Charm City.”by