It is common knowledge that the Baltimore Ravens have denied middle linebacker Ray Lewis’ financial demands quietly for the past few seasons; perhaps that may change as there have, according to Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times, been recent conversations between the team and Lewis about the possibility of a contract extension. And it apppears that they’re prepared to bid with other teams for Lewis’ services if he were to become an unrestricted free agent.
At the moment, no decision has been made, but the idea has the approval of team owner Steve Bisciotti, who has in the past said that Lewis has several years of football left in him. Like all matters of this nature, the final decision rests on contract talks between Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and Lewis’ agents. Lewis originally signed a 7-year, $50 million contract – which includes $19 million in guaranteed money – when he had 2 years remaining on his contract; he is due a $6.5 million base salary this season and holds a $9.428 million salary cap figure.
Lewis will turn 33 on May 15. While he is still among the better middle linebackers in the league, he isn’t nearly as durable or as dominant as in seasons past; as a matter of fact, it has been 4 seasons since he went an entire year without missing a game. That doesn’t mean his skills have regressed dramatically, it just means that he probably if anything else will be used more judiciously on the field next season.