One of the most interesting stories heading into training camp has been the uncertain future of Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed. Reed, a sure-fire future Hall-of-famer, has kept his plans for this season close to his chest.

He’s been an enigma, wrapped in a riddle, wrapped in under armour. With one year and $7.2 million dollars left on his contract, Reed told Sirius XM NFL radio that he wasn’t fully committed to playing football this year, and in a separate interview stated that his mind was far away from the NFL season. Reed feels he’s still an top-tier player in the NFL, and it seems he’s looking for an extension and one last big pay day before he retires. This is possibly his last chance to accrue enough currency to build and maintain a vault where he could do a breaststroke through coins ala Scrooge McDuck.

His saga took an even stranger turn yesterday when a family member suggested that his holdouts are just posturing, and that Reed would report to training camp as scheduled. I can assure you that this relative is off the Christmas card list and no longer has access to Reed’s milkshake fountain and the 60 seat theater that only shows Scarface on a continuous loop (things I assume all famous athlete mansions have).

Today, Comcast SportsNet’s  Brian Harris tweeted this…

Afterwards, Harris interviewed Reed, and it seems as though he never planned on retiring. He just wanted to spend some time with his family and consider his future.

However, a holdout still remains a possibility as Reed attempts to send a message regarding his contract through his only means of concrete communication.

So it’s official: Reed will play this year with the Baltimore Ravens. Those of you holding your breath waiting for this decision can now…ohhh shit, yeah you probably shouldn’t have tried to hold your breath for an entire offseason. Lungs need oxygen.

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