The Baltimore Ravens apparently are willing to pay up to keep 10-time Pro Bowl LB Ray Lewis.
Lewis, who has said he will not give the Ravens a “hometown discount” to stay with the team, was rumored to be interested in the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets if Baltimore wasn’t willing to open its pocketbook.
But apparently the Ravens are willing to do just that.
Head coach John Harbaugh said team owner Steve Bisciotti is committed to keeping the two-time Defensive Player of the Year, as well as LBs Terrell Suggs and Bart Scott, C Jason Brown and S Jim Leonhard, with Bisciotti even joking that he’ll put his wife on a budget to sign the soon-to-be free agents.
Harbuagh told USA Today that re-signing Lewis, the Super Bowl XXXV MVP, is a priority heading into the offseason:
- “Ray Lewis is going to be a guy we’re going to pay a lot of money to in order to keep,” Harbaugh said before coaching the AFC in Sunday’s Pro Bowl.
- “Steve said he thinks we’ll be willing to pay more than anybody else.
- “I know Ray has to take a look around. But I’m definitely convinced that Ray wants to finish his career a Baltimore Raven. And there’s no question the Baltimore Ravens definitely want Ray.”