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Old 01-21-2009, 01:03 PM   #441
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RAVENS HOPING FOR HOMETOWN DISCOUNT FROM LEWIS

Posted by Mike Florio on January 21, 2009, 1:37 p.m. EST

Our newest addition Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times sends word from the Ravens’ end-of-season press conference that owner Steve Bisciotti said that the team wants to keep linebacker Ray Lewis, and hopes that Lewis will give the team a hometown discount.

Lewis recently has been linked to the Cowboys as a potential destination in 2009.

Bisciotti also said he won’t get involved in the looming negotiations with the 13-year veteran, who will become a free agent for the first time in his career absent a new contract or the use of the franchise tag.

In the past, the Ravens have in some cases opted not to use the franchise tag, which restricts the movement of otherwise unrestricted free agents. Whether they’d use it on Lewis remains to be seen.

The Ravens also are facing the potential departure of linebackers Terrell Suggs and Bart Scott.

The team used the franchise tag on Suggs last year, and despite rumors of a side deal pursuant to which they won’t use it on him again, we’ve been told be a source with knowledge of the situation that no such promise has been made.
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