Reed ready to put offseason in the past

Ed Reed didn't sound like a guy who wanted to rehash the past regarding his off-season absence from the Baltimore Ravens, according to the Carroll County Times.

"I'm here, man," Reed said. "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."

Reed is entering the final year of his contract and currently has no agent to represent him, but he wants to talk deal with the Ravens.

"Talks have already been there," said Reed, who's due a $7.2 million base salary this season.. "I know (GM) Ozzie (Newsome) 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."

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