Ed Reed kept his usual spring tradition on Thursday when he appeared on Sirius/XM NFL Radio that he isn’t 100 percent committed to playing football in 2012.
According to The Baltimore Sun, the Pro Bowl free safety has reportedly considered retirement during the past three offseasons, this time citing concerns about his health, as well as his long-term future.
The 33-year-old NFL player went on the show Thursday to speak with hosts Adam Schein and Rich Gannon. Reed stated, when talking about the upcoming NFL season that:
“It’s still May…I know that time is kind of inching away at me. We do have a mandatory camp coming up [it’s scheduled for June 12-14] that I’m still in deep thought about because other things are important to me now. I still know I can play at a high level. I can still go for another couple years physically. But other things is kind of taking place in my life right now and making me think about things differently.”
The two hosts went on to ask if the Ravens were aware of his indecisive nature regarding the upcoming season. Ed Reed responded, saying:
“I doubt it. I think they will know after this interview — just like they knew that Flacco was a little rattled, as we all were against Houston.”
“It’s not the type of message that will create urgency for general manager Ozzie Newsome to rush to the phone and offer millions of dollars to the 33-year-old safety who has dealt with shoulder and hip injuries over the last few seasons.”
It is not immediately clear if Ed Reed will take the $7.2 million he is slated to receive if he plays in the 2012 season.