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.
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.