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Ray Lewis Wants A New Deal
jimrome.com ^ | 14 June 2005 | Jim Rome

Posted on 06/15/2005 11:58:00 AM PDT by sean327

Speculation is Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Ray Lewis may want a new contract and that he could be looking for a $50 million dollar signing bonus.

Look, Lewis is a great player, a great leader, a great personality and I like that pre-game dance as much as anybody, but $50 million to sign?

Is Ray Lewis a Middle Linebacker or did he find a cure for cancer? If they were to ever give Ray Ray $50 mill up front, what sort of effect would that have on the cap? Will Kyle Boller and Jamal Lewis play for free? I want to be there when Ozzie Newsome tells the fellas, 'Hey guys we gave your entire jack to Ray, you guys are cool playing for free right?'

Look, I never begrudge what these guys make. If the check doesn’t float then they’re worth it. And if I could do what they can do, I'd ask for it also, but I wouldn’t ask for $50 million up front.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: nfl; ravens
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1 posted on 06/15/2005 11:58:00 AM PDT by sean327
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2 posted on 06/15/2005 11:59:44 AM PDT by sean327 (All men are created equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: sean327

well, he is making commercials now and everything (/sarky


3 posted on 06/15/2005 12:00:46 PM PDT by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process*)
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To: sean327

Is Drew Rosenhaus Ray Lewis' agent? The old expression "a deal's a deal" seems to have no meaning to that guy.


4 posted on 06/15/2005 12:01:16 PM PDT by jpl
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To: sean327

I don't like Rome at all. However, he's right about Lewis.


5 posted on 06/15/2005 12:02:15 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: sean327
Speculation is Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Ray Lewis may want a new contract and that he could be looking for a $50 million dollar signing bonus.

Ray Lewis needs to perform under his existing contract. If he does not, he should not be paid a dime and not other team should be allowed to sign him.

6 posted on 06/15/2005 12:02:17 PM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: sean327

Because Ray Ray knows that the 46 Defense wont run without him.


7 posted on 06/15/2005 12:02:21 PM PDT by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "I know everything so you dont have to...." ;)
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To: sean327
If they were to ever give Ray Ray $50 mill up front, what sort of effect would that have on the cap?

If he signs a 20 year contract, it would have a minimal effect... LOL!

8 posted on 06/15/2005 12:04:27 PM PDT by vrwinger ("I don't even know what cheating is..." - Barry Bonds)
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To: jpl

I agree, I think alot of the contract "misunderstandings" are agent driven. Ray Lewis is one hell of a football player, but he is not worth a $50 million signing bonus.


9 posted on 06/15/2005 12:06:21 PM PDT by sean327 (All men are created equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: sean327

Didn't "Crissy" Everett knock Rome on his butt?


10 posted on 06/15/2005 12:08:19 PM PDT by csmusaret (Urban Sprawl is an oxymoron)
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To: Rodney King

Ray has done nothing but perform under his existing contract. Lots of folks don't like him, but it would be difficult to overestimate his value in the stadium (even when he's hurt, he's still working it).

I think the number of renegotiations has a bit to do with the salary cap. Lots of deals get restructured. The ravens (iirc) may have brought this up before Ray did.

This is IMHO nothing like the latest TO soap opera.


11 posted on 06/15/2005 12:09:43 PM PDT by dmz
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To: sean327

Rome better be careful what he says. Lewis may stab him.


12 posted on 06/15/2005 12:10:09 PM PDT by rabidralph (Michael Jackson will celebrate at Chuck E. Cheese's)
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To: sean327

Ray Lewis is a good player, but he's also a product of media hype. He's been exposed in big games by good coaches and teams. The money he is asking for should be reserved for those great players that elevate themselves and their teammates to a higher level. Lewis doesn't do either.


13 posted on 06/15/2005 12:11:26 PM PDT by danno3150
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To: csmusaret

"Didn't "Crissy" Everett knock Rome on his butt?"

Yeah, Jim Everett went postal on him during an interview on ESPN2 back in 1993. I hated Rome because of that for a long time. Then I started listening to him about 7 years ago. He kind of grows on you. He still does some thing I don't like, but for the most part his show is pretty funny, and he gets good interviews.


14 posted on 06/15/2005 12:11:40 PM PDT by sean327 (All men are created equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: dmz

Look, this greedy piece of crap needs to get on his hands and knees and be grateful his butt isn't wearing prison garb right about now. You think he'd earn anything close to 50 mil working in a prison canteen?


15 posted on 06/15/2005 12:13:37 PM PDT by MissEdie
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To: dmz
Ray has done nothing but perform under his existing contract. Lots of folks don't like him, but it would be difficult to overestimate his value in the stadium (even when he's hurt, he's still working it).

Good for him. And when his contract runs out he can get a better one.

16 posted on 06/15/2005 12:13:53 PM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

I've never been a big Rome fan, either. The guy is a Vanilla Ice wannabe when it comes to sports radio. I still revel in the memory of Jim Everett chasing him off the stage on live TV. Since then, he's become a total *ss-kisser to every jock who appears on his show.

But I do agree, Lewis demanding $50 million up front is not exactly the smartest move in the book.


17 posted on 06/15/2005 12:14:39 PM PDT by ABG(anybody but Gore) (I don't hate anybody, except the French....)
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To: sean327

I'd like to see him sign with Atlanta and take a few more of his criminal teammates with him . He obstructed a murder investigation , and KNEW who stabbed the two victims in Atlanta . I live in the Baltimore area and refuse to attend any game til he's gone . To hell with him ...


18 posted on 06/15/2005 12:21:19 PM PDT by lionheart 247365 (( I.S.L.A.M. ; ) Islam's Spiritual Leaders Advocate Murder .. .. .. ))
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To: sean327

Sorry, he is not worth that much of an advance, nobody is. Let him earn it, the 'old fashioned' way.


19 posted on 06/15/2005 12:23:15 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: sean327; All

$50 million dollars?!

No player is worth that much...except for Brett Favre.

OK, OK, easy on me please.

Seriously, the Ravens need to tell him NO! right away and clear away any misconception that Lewis' agent may have about re-negotiating.

When Lewis' contract expires, then (and not 'til then), they can hold some serious negotiations about a new contract.

if Lewis thinks he's worth that much, a heavily incentive-laden contract is one way to go. The more sacks, tackles, fumble recoveries, etc...the more he gets paid.


20 posted on 06/15/2005 12:26:41 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: sean327
Rome sucks, he is the Geraldo Rivera of sports commentators and a sissy too.

Ray Lewis will get his contract renewed just like everyone else on the Ravens team, one year before expiration of the contract and in line with salaries of that position and skill. Ray isn't going anywhere, period.
21 posted on 06/15/2005 12:27:20 PM PDT by TheForceOfOne (My tagline is currently being blocked by Congressional filibuster for being to harsh.)
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To: rawhide
Sorry, he is not worth that much of an advance, nobody is. Let him earn it, the 'old fashioned' way.

What is the old fashioned way in your opinion?

22 posted on 06/15/2005 12:30:41 PM PDT by Gypssy (Smart, Womanly & Conversative! :-)~~~)
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To: sean327

He should be behind bars rather than playing linebacker.


23 posted on 06/15/2005 12:34:36 PM PDT by Ogie Oglethorpe (The people have spoken...the b*stards!)
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To: sean327; Lil'freeper

Will the new contract have a murder clause? < /sarcasm>


24 posted on 06/15/2005 12:38:01 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought." Pope JPII)
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To: danno3150
Ray Lewis is a good player, but he's also a product of media hype. He's been exposed in big games by good coaches and teams.

He is clearly on the downside of his career, he is no longer the best linebacker in the league, and isn't even the best defensive player on his team any more. He's on crack if he thinks he can renegotiate his contract for a $50 million bonus. Well, he probably is on crack if he is hanging out with the rest of that team on a regular basis.

25 posted on 06/15/2005 12:39:50 PM PDT by Texas Federalist (No matter what my work/play ratio is, I am never a dull boy.)
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To: Texas Federalist

Honestly, this is his last chance to get any money. He's getting too old. Hurray for Ray. Money you don't ask for is money you don't get.


26 posted on 06/15/2005 12:42:20 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: sean327

I thought he wanted another SB ring. If the Ravens give him that kind of money he can forget playing for another title.


27 posted on 06/15/2005 12:42:48 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: rabidralph

I agree. Ray Lewis is a murderer and should be tossed out of te NFL not paid big bucks.


28 posted on 06/15/2005 12:52:59 PM PDT by upier (Stop Child abuse - Teach your children English!)
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To: mainepatsfan

The Ravens would be stupid to pay Lewis at the expense of Reed.


29 posted on 06/15/2005 12:58:30 PM PDT by Texas Federalist (No matter what my work/play ratio is, I am never a dull boy.)
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To: Texas Federalist

Obviously, Lewis believes that, just because ESPN and ABC show him do his pre-game dance, he's a great player. I saw him play against the Patriots last year and calling him a non-factor would be kind. Yet, ESPN had him miked up and dancing. Pathetic!


30 posted on 06/15/2005 1:03:03 PM PDT by danno3150
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To: sean327
Ray Lewis is one hell of a football player criminal, but he is not worth a $50 million signing bonus.
31 posted on 06/15/2005 1:05:00 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg ("`Eddies,' said Ford, `in the space-time continuum.' `Ah,' nodded Arthur, `is he? Is he?'")
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To: Texas Federalist
He is clearly on the downside of his career, he is no longer the best linebacker in the league, and isn't even the best defensive player on his team any more.

Bingo! The only reason a team should consent to renegotiating a player's salary is to lock-up a young, IMPROVING player -- not one who has already peaked. The one exception might be the quarterback position. Many QB's can be quite productive long after they lose that youthful zip on the ball.

32 posted on 06/15/2005 1:32:15 PM PDT by Tallguy
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To: danno3150

Well, to be fair, the Patriots have a way of doing that to a lot of the league's top players (make them a non-factor).


33 posted on 06/15/2005 1:34:00 PM PDT by Tallguy
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To: Tallguy
The only reason a team should consent to renegotiating a player's salary is to lock-up a young, IMPROVING player -- not one who has already peaked.

Given how frequently players try to reneg on their contracts, I am surprised that teams haven't just started negotiating performance-based contracts in order to avoid this issue. I suppose the reason why is that the players don't want to be judged on performance, particularly when they know they can always whine and get out of their contracts if they want a better one.

34 posted on 06/15/2005 2:01:11 PM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: sean327

My favorite time watching Ray Ray play was against my Chiefs last year on MNF.

They miked him up, expecting to hear him dominate with some mighty hits.

Instead, all we heard was Ray Ray crying "It's not possible! It's not possible!"

Watch Ray Ray being bulldozed by Brian Waters.
Watch Ray Ray being annihilated by Will Shields as Priest Holmes steps into the end zone.
Watch Ray Ray being obliterated by Tony Richardson as Priest Holmes dances by for a big gain.

Ray Ray spent the game on his butt. Crying into the mike.


35 posted on 06/15/2005 2:03:02 PM PDT by Skooz (Perverts used to have to hang around public toilets. Now, they run our schools - Travis McGee)
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To: sean327

I'm a big Rome guy. I even subscribe to his website to get the streaming audio (we don't get him here).


36 posted on 06/15/2005 2:06:00 PM PDT by Skooz (Perverts used to have to hang around public toilets. Now, they run our schools - Travis McGee)
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To: sean327

He'll be the A-Rod of football.

He's already gotten the Super Bowl MVP, and he stabbed somebody in the offseason preceding that Super Bowl. Why not.


37 posted on 06/15/2005 3:53:36 PM PDT by NHAntiMassRedRebel (Our only fault is that we're 40 minutes north of Boston.)
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To: sean327

I'll take my Tedi Bruschi any day. R. Lewis is a punk, and I wouldn't want him on my TEAM for $50, let alone $50 mil. That being said, the Ravens should pay him, so he can screw up the team for the next decade.


38 posted on 06/15/2005 6:35:09 PM PDT by paul in cape
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To: sean327

"It duh siddy minute game....it duh siddy minute game"

Who in the hell wants to play on the same team with this loud-mouth???


39 posted on 06/16/2005 1:28:42 PM PDT by Niteranger68 ("Spare the rod, spoil the liberal.")
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