Skip to comments.Ray Lewis Wants A New Deal
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 doesnt float then theyre worth it. And if I could do what they can do, I'd ask for it also, but I wouldnt ask for $50 million up front.
well, he is making commercials now and everything (/sarky
Is Drew Rosenhaus Ray Lewis' agent? The old expression "a deal's a deal" seems to have no meaning to that guy.
I don't like Rome at all. However, he's right about Lewis.
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.
Because Ray Ray knows that the 46 Defense wont run without him.
If he signs a 20 year contract, it would have a minimal effect... LOL!
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.
Didn't "Crissy" Everett knock Rome on his butt?
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.
Rome better be careful what he says. Lewis may stab him.
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.
"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.
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?
Good for him. And when his contract runs out he can get a better one.
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.
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 ...
Sorry, he is not worth that much of an advance, nobody is. Let him earn it, the 'old fashioned' way.
$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.
What is the old fashioned way in your opinion?
He should be behind bars rather than playing linebacker.
Will the new contract have a murder clause? < /sarcasm>
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.
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.
I thought he wanted another SB ring. If the Ravens give him that kind of money he can forget playing for another title.
I agree. Ray Lewis is a murderer and should be tossed out of te NFL not paid big bucks.
The Ravens would be stupid to pay Lewis at the expense of Reed.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
I'm a big Rome guy. I even subscribe to his website to get the streaming audio (we don't get him here).
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.
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.
"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???