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Old 01-30-2009, 02:33 PM   #1
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Default Ray Lewis - The more I think about it the more I'd like see him here in FA

I know we're a very young team and I'm also aware of Lewis' history. Honestly, I'd rather pick this guy up in FA than Suggs, Haynseworth, or any other LB/Dlineman and here's why:

He plays with passion and fire. He is smart, still on top if his game, and capable of being a true leader and inspiration on D. He'd be able to teach our very young linebacking corps a lot in a few years. Picking him up as a FA instantly allows us to focus on some of the other positions on defense and wait a bit to pick up our future Mike/SILB. I'm not sure how willing he would be to play in Denver, given the fact he likes a beefy dline in front of him, but I think this would do a lot for shoring up our defense.

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TAMPA, FLA. - In his first comments to the Baltimore media this offseason, Ray Lewis yesterday was noncommittal about his chances of staying with the Ravens.

Lewis, 33, will become an unrestricted free agent in 29 days unless the Ravens use the franchise tag on him or the Pro Bowl linebacker strikes a new deal with the team. It would mark the first time in Lewis' 13-year career that the face of the Ravens' franchise reached free agency.

"What I'm thinking, nobody needs to know," said Lewis, who was at the Super Bowl promoting Xbox 360 and the Madden Bowl. "I've given my prayers to God. It's between me and him. It's nobody else's business. That's between me and God."

Lewis' situation likely will go down as the biggest offseason story line in Ravens history. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti as well as former and current teammates have talked publicly about Lewis' future.

At his season-ending news conference, Bisciotti said he has been "hopeful forever" that the Ravens would sign Lewis to a new deal and didn't foresee using the franchise tag to keep him off the free-agent market.

Asked about the franchise tag, Lewis shrugged his shoulders.

"I just hope they do whatever is best for the organization," he said. "Take me out of it."

So, Lewis wouldn't mind the tag?

"It doesn't matter," he said. "It's whatever God has in his plans."

Players designated with the franchise tag are forced to accept a one-year contract at a salary based on the average of the NFL's five highest-paid players at that position.

Fellow linebacker Terrell Suggs recently said all three free-agent linebackers (Lewis, Suggs and Bart Scott) could stay together if they gave the Ravens "a home discount."

"What he really is talking about is a brotherhood," Lewis said.

"That's the reason why we played so passionately. There's a commitment to each other. A lot of times in life, you don't like to see that go. But it's business. It happens."

Bisciotti also suggested the possibility of receiving a hometown discount from the two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Asked whether he intended to test the free-agent market if he isn't franchised, Lewis said: "It's irrelevant. I haven't had any emotions about it. For me to talk about it, that would be selfish."

Lewis had one of his best seasons in recent years, finishing with 117 tackles, 3 1/2 sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles.

But this season was one of Lewis' favorites because of what the Ravens were able to accomplish.

"This was one of the rides because you had doubts early about whether the coaching could mesh and whether [ Joe] Flacco could play," Lewis said with a smile.

"As a team, we said: 'Let's just go play and see how good we could be. Everybody is picking us to be last in the division anyway, so why not go play?' That's what's fun - being the underdog."

Though the Ravens fell one game short of reaching the Super Bowl, the championship memories hit Lewis yesterday.

He returned to Tampa, the site of the Ravens' Super Bowl victory over the New York Giants eight years ago. He said he could still envision the confetti falling.

"Once you're a champion, you never forget that feeling," he said.

Lewis also made the point that whatever happens, he'll never forget his relationship with the fans of Baltimore.

"I love my city, know that," Lewis said. "It will always be my city."

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Old 01-30-2009, 02:35 PM   #2
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I'd rather bring in Wade Phillips as a Middle Linebacker than see Ray Lewis in a Broncos uniform.
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Old 01-30-2009, 02:38 PM   #7
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he is really old and would be really expensive.


plus, he killed a guy
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Yeah, bringing Ray Ray would definitely make me throw up a little in my mouth. And then again everytime I saw him do his gay chicken dance.
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I'd take him in a second. INstant attitude to a D. Teammates love him. But he's not going anywhere
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That convict can stay in the criminal town of Baltimore.
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Other than his age I'd be completely on board. Funny how people claim not to like him because of "character issues" but his character on the field and in the locker room are among the main reasons you should want him on your team. But, like I said, too old to be giving loads of $$$.
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Baltimore is a "criminal town"? What the hell is that supposed to mean?
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His wanna be religious ass can kiss mine.
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I guess I'm alone in liking the dude. Do I want him in Denver? No, but only because he's old and we need a young, dynamic Defense to go with our young, dynamic Offense. I don't think anyone in the NFL is more passionate about football than Ray Lewis.
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His wanna be religious ass can kiss mine.
I think he'd kick it before he kissed it!

I somewhat understand the hatred of Ray Lewis, but you have to admit if he was wearing a Broncos uni you'd love the guy. Hard not to like a guy who plays that way for your team, particularly when we have nobody with that kind of attitude on the field.
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You're not. See post #14, among others.
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I think he'd kick it before he kissed it!

I somewhat understand the hatred of Ray Lewis, but you have to admit if he was wearing a Broncos uni you'd love the guy. Hard not to like a guy who plays that way for your team, particularly when we have nobody with that kind of attitude on the field.
Nope I wouldn't I would be extrememly upset with my team for doing that.

And why bring up kicking ass, are you 6. I said he could kiss my ass and you come with the ever childish well he would beat you up. How does that factor into it?
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Leonard Little is the only person I would I hate to see in a Bronco uni more than Ray Ray.
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Oh no you didn't. I bet you could beat you up. so take that.
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And why bring up kicking ass, are you 6.
You brought up kissing ass, I brought up kicking ass. I was being tongue in cheek but I realize tone doesn't always convey properly on a message board.
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You brought up kissing ass, I brought up kicking ass. I was being tongue in cheek but I realize tone doesn't always convey properly on a message board.
I know and if Al Gore had invented the sarcasm attachment when he made the internet you would know I am always sarcastic. No worries but some have used that argument not tongue in cheek!
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It's not going to happen guys. Although we could really use a Ray Lewis-type leader on our defense. Somebody to motivate the hell out of those guys and bring them up to his level.
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