Lewis Says Talk of a New Deal Will Not Take His Focus Off Ravens


Ravens all-world linebacker Ray Lewis is looking for a new deal that would replace the one that he currently has that is set to expire after the 2008 season. So far he and the Ravens are not close on that deal, but that is not going to stop the LB from being ready to go and on the field for the 2008 season. “That stuff is irrelevant for what we’re trying to do right now,” Lewis said, according to the Carroll County Times. “The bottom line is whatever we’re trying to do as a team, that’s the focus. If we keep that team concept there, then that team concept stays there.

“If you start talking about individual, that means nothing. Everybody knows this is a business and everything will take care of itself. I’m just excited to be back playing football again,” Lewis said. “I see myself getting ready for the next practice, and I see myself getting ready for the season. Like I said, once you start to get on that side of things, you lose your passion about why you play this game.”

Lewis is in a mandatory minicamp, showing that he means business when it comes to being on the field. The Ravens are looking to bounce back after a down 2007, and if they are going to keep Lewis happy, they would be best to get him a deal before the season to put any distractions to bed.

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