In addition to the Matt Birk signing last night, the Ravens also agreed to terms with free agent Ray Lewis. I say “in addition,” because as of yesterday afternoon, I was honestly more interested in what Birk was going to do with the Ravens’ offer than with what Ray-Ray was thinking.
Ray will retire a Raven now, having agreed (in principle) to a 3 year deal worth $22.5 million. This would appear, on the surface, to be lower than the original 3 year/$24 million offer that the Ravens reportedly had on the table a few weeks ago. Ray’s agent, David Dunn, though, is denying that such an offer ever existed. So either he was lying last week in trying to up the ante on Ray, or he is lying now. No matter. The only thing he should be having a chance to lie on any time soon is his resume, as Ray should waste no time in kicking him to the curb.
Presumably, it was Dunn who was giving Ray advice lately, having him talk up every team in the NFL EXCEPT the Ravens, and never once say that he actually wanted to come back to B’More. All that advice managed to do was embarrass Ray when he couldn’t get even a sniff from the other 31 teams in the league, alienate many of his fans in the one city that could ever truly love him, and land him right back in Baltimore with his tail between his legs.
“The bottom line” (tip ‘o the cap to #52):
- Ray Lewis is going to finish his career in Baltimore, which is exactly the way things should be
- Once Ray shimmies out of that tunnel next season and makes a few tackles, all will be forgiven by his fans
- Lewis proved, once again, that the only thing he is really any good at is playing football. Not business and certainly not public relations. (Surely Ape will be happy to remind us of something else Ray is “supposedly” good at)
Welcome back, Ray.