Via the Carroll County Times:
Although Reed is expected to continue playing at least one more year and has been preparing to play by working out throughout the offseason, the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year also said during a radio interview tonight with 105.7 The Fan: “The only way a player gets what he wants is by holding out.”
Reed, 33, is entering the final year of a six-year, $40 million contract and is due a $7.2 million base salary this season.
Reed added: “This is not about money. This is a business. There’s two sides to every business.”
And Mr. Reed is right – this is a business. Time and time again, we’ve seen NFL teams not live up to their end of a deal by cutting players before their contracts are set to expire. A players only recourse is to engage in a hold out. Hold outs usually end up making the player look selfish in the eyes of fans and the general public, but it really is the only trump card the player may have. The logic of a hold out and whether or not it is a useful tool is debatable. But at the end of the day, it truly is the only option a player has when he is unable to come to an agreement on his true worth to his franchise.