I honestly have no idea if Reed is going to retire. And I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say the Ravens probably have no idea either. Reed could threaten to retire, then turn around 12 hours later and insist he needs a new contract. No one on the Ravens can tell him what to do, or predict what he's going to do. The team had no idea he was off giving a radio interview on Tuesday when it happened. Reed speaks with the media so sporadically, the Ravens' PR staff only asks him do it a handful of times during the year, because he'll just refuse. So to say the organization felt blindsided by the interview would be completely accurate. But what can you do? Reed is an extremely intelligent guy, but he's also mercurial. He marches to the beat of his own Second Line, to steal a New Orleans reference. And no player in the locker room is as universally revered as Reed is. People assume it's Ray Lewis, but that's not accurate. From the practice squad rookies to the 12-year vets, it doesn't matter if they're black, white or Asian, Reed tries to embrace them. It's a strange dynamic, but it also speaks to Reed's weird magnetism.