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Ray Lewis on the trading block

Postby Free Bagel » Sat Jan 21, 2006 9:31 pm

Don't think anyone expected this...

According to a league source, the Ravens have been sending out "feelers" to gauge the interest in Pro Bowl middle linebacker Ray Lewis. We're not talking heavy-duty stuff here, but the word was out. Teams, though, might not want to trade for a player who is on the decline, is injury prone and has three years left on his contract worth $5.5 million next season and $6.5 million in 2007 and 2008.

In 2005, Lewis wasn't happy that the Ravens failed to restructure his contract, a move that would have given him significant upfront and guaranteed money. Because of this, Lewis became isolated and no longer wanted to be the face of the Ravens. He has remained silent since leaving the Bears game on Oct. 23 with a season-ending groin and hamstring injury, but it's well-known around the Ravens' training complex that Lewis would prefer to play elsewhere next season.

The ideal situation for Lewis would be to play for a team that is close to breaking through but lacks a veteran leader that could put it over the top. It needs to be a good fit, much like tight end Shannon Sharpe was for the Ravens in 2000. If Lewis remains here, it will be interesting to see how he interacts with his teammates after the Ravens sign safety Ed Reed to a lucrative, multi-year contract this offseason. The Ravens have become believers in Lewis' backup, Bart Scott, who also will become an unrestricted free agent.


Source: http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/bal- ... &cset=true (sorry have to log in)

This coupled with the news that Chris Mccallister and Will Demps might not be back next year either is making things look pretty dreary in Baltimore.
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Postby CC » Sat Jan 21, 2006 9:33 pm

I forsee a Titans style salary dump. I would not trade for Ray Ray. He has been going downhill for the last two years and has been injury prone.
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Postby skibrett15 » Sat Jan 21, 2006 9:34 pm

whoa! Imagine this guy on the bengals. Not that they'd ever trade within their own conference...

CC makes a good point, but as opposed to boulware last year, Ray Ray will have some trade value to someone, someone desparate. Texans?
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Postby Dolfin99 » Sat Jan 21, 2006 9:40 pm

IMO, this would be a chance by another team. But.....if he can stay healthy, a new environment may do him some good.
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Postby GreatestShowOnEarth » Sat Jan 21, 2006 10:02 pm

Wow. do the Ravens have a bunch of young guys to fill in for McAllister, Demps, and Lewis?
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Postby SniperShot » Sat Jan 21, 2006 10:25 pm

Umm McAllister Demps and Lewis were the reason I followed the Ravens... This sucks big time. Why did they bring Brian Billick back for at least 1 more year if they are going to tare apart the defense?! Ack! Glad I'm not a hard core ravens fan but they have always been an AFC team I like to root for. Plus I get most of their games on local TV here so I've seen a plenty. Man thats just sad.


Wonder what Ed Reed is thinking....
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Postby flotsamnjetsam » Sat Jan 21, 2006 10:35 pm

Brian Billick is an offensive genius.

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Postby Vikes Rule 88 » Sat Jan 21, 2006 10:35 pm

The vikes have no good linebackers and lots of cash... cmon Zygi!
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Postby a4ce » Sat Jan 21, 2006 10:36 pm

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Postby VaderFin » Sat Jan 21, 2006 11:35 pm

Come home to Miami, Ray.
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