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Ravens say no truth to rumors about buying out Ray Lewis’ contract

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We like to think that we hear most rumors, true and sketchy, that are related to the NFL.

But we have to admit Ravens G.M. Ozzie Newsome’s comments about Ray Lewis possibly retiring took us totally off guard.   Apparently, there have been “a lot” of whispers in Baltimore that the Ravens have offered Lewis a financial package to retire.

Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun talked to both parties and said it wasn’t true.

“We just had our personnel meetings this week, and Ray hasn’t told any off our defensive staff he was retiring,” G.M. Ozzie Newsome said. “The last I heard from Ray he stood up at the end-of-the-year meeting and told his teammates that he had already begun to prepare for next season.”

Lewis reportedly “laughed off” the possibility and tried to recruit free agents to Baltimore at the Pro Bowl.  So, um, we guess there is nothing to this.

Just the fact that Newsome and the Sun chose to address the possibility is a bit of a surprise.

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41 Responses to “Ravens say no truth to rumors about buying out Ray Lewis’ contract”
  1. djnilla501 says: Feb 4, 2011 10:36 AM

    First!!! Ray sucks anyway, next story!

  2. 7370355q says: Feb 4, 2011 10:39 AM

    I stopped buying the Sun years ago, all the writers in there are hacks

  3. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 4, 2011 10:39 AM

    Sort of like when Lewis offered his victim’s families a “financial package” to keep their mouths shut.

  4. supashug says: Feb 4, 2011 10:42 AM

    oh, now we report on whispers, classic reporting

  5. mobuccsfan says: Feb 4, 2011 10:42 AM

    whether he did anything or not, personal issues aside…he was a great player to watch for years but I think the past two years he has diminished, whether he wants to admit it or not. it’s hard for these guys when they were so good, for so long…(i.e.Rice, Farve) to just call it quits. He is no doubt a great leader of that team though, regardless and no one can question that. I also think he would be great in some coaching capacity, if he chose to go that rout. If he doesn’t retire this year, I say after the next season, he will for sure retire.

  6. ppdoc13 says: Feb 4, 2011 10:42 AM

    Even at 35 he is still better than most of the MLB’s in the league. this is a nonstory.

  7. ravensrule says: Feb 4, 2011 10:43 AM

    Right, the best LB in NFL history has too much love for the game to leave. They may have to cart him off the field ala Michael Irvin for him to be said & done….

  8. gypjet says: Feb 4, 2011 10:44 AM

    This is a classic ploy. The Ravens want Ray to retire, so they plant the seed and it grows through the internet, newspapers, and radio. Goodbye Ray Ray.

  9. steeelfann says: Feb 4, 2011 10:49 AM

    This is a moronic article. Okay, what else would Ozzie Newsome say about a venerable star that has been there for what 16 years?

    What can Ozzie say other than offer full denial?

    Would Ozzie say, “Oh yes, Ray’s play has digressed due to his aging process and we want him to retire gracefully, so we offered to buy out his contract. A win-win for Ray and the Ravens”.

    Or

    “Ray is no longer in our plans and has lost more than a step. We need to move in another direction. But we are appreciative of Ray’s great play and leadership over the years and are happy that he is retiring as a Raven”.

    Yea, nothing to the story. Uh ha. Right.

  10. gallogj says: Feb 4, 2011 10:51 AM

    I wonder if he’ll go into the murder for hire business after he retires? He’s SO good at it…would be a natural transition for him.

  11. dobreshunkajackham says: Feb 4, 2011 10:51 AM

    He could have a successful second career selling steak knives.

  12. carson9 says: Feb 4, 2011 10:52 AM

    He’s been a beast, but can no longer run down the sides. Even though he is the team’s clear leader in the lockerroom, he hurts them on the field versus quick running back’s that can run down the sideline.

  13. cmich2006 says: Feb 4, 2011 10:56 AM

    Ray needs the money(bad businessman with multitudes of baby mamas to support)…he isn’t going anywhere unless told to. He is not what he used to be so possibly the Ravens planted this to see fan reaction.

  14. knowerofallthings says: Feb 4, 2011 10:59 AM

    There will never be another playmaker like Ray Lewis

  15. tucknrolle says: Feb 4, 2011 11:00 AM

    Ray Lewis sucks???? You have got to be kidding me.. He still fills holes, makes tackles and crushes fullbacks consistently. He may not go sideline to sideline as well, but he could bust through your front door rip you head off then get your family pumped up that he did it.. Ray Lewis sucks.. Please homie

  16. steelergold says: Feb 4, 2011 11:04 AM

    I’ll take a stab at this one. Lewis plays one more year.

  17. blackglass3 says: Feb 4, 2011 11:12 AM

    If Ray Lewis was thinking about retirement, Bill Belichick would be on Robert Kraft’s private jet to Baltimore faster than you can say “Obstruction Of Justice”.

    Ray Lewis leading that young Pats D would = EPIC

  18. richm2256 says: Feb 4, 2011 11:16 AM

    He may be of questionable personal character (how many NFL players are that close to a murder?????) buy on the field Ray Lewis has few equals. For far too many years, he WAS the Raven’s defense. He may have lost a step or two, but even at 35, he’s far from needing 6to be nudged into retirement.

    As a GM, Ozzie Newsome continues to prove himself to be a great wide receiver.

  19. nickster2k says: Feb 4, 2011 11:20 AM

    On the plus side, he’ll continue getting credit for other guys’ tackles after he retires.

  20. numb7r says: Feb 4, 2011 11:23 AM

    “Just the fact that Newsome and the Sun chose to address the possibility is a bit of a surprise.”

    Right and if he had ignored it, it would also have been surprising. Quit trying to make something out of nothing.

  21. ottomanismydog says: Feb 4, 2011 11:26 AM

    I enjoy reading the Sun after a Steelers victory over the Ravens.

    Ray Lewis is the heart of that core – he won’t retire – but if he does, they’re in trouble.

  22. domeunit says: Feb 4, 2011 11:31 AM

    Anyone who believes this article, thinks Ray sucks, or references his trial to this day is a clueless moron. Ray is the greatest defensive leader of all time, 31 teams wish they had Ray Lewis

  23. thecgroup says: Feb 4, 2011 11:53 AM

    Anyone who believes this article, thinks Ray sucks, or references his trial to this day is a clueless moron. Ray is the greatest defensive leader of all time, 31 teams wish they had Ray Lewis

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    Steelers dont need him, they already own him…lol

  24. jarrman46 says: Feb 4, 2011 12:23 PM

    If Steelers own Ray then I guess Brady owns Steelers. Just the facts

  25. chicagoraven says: Feb 4, 2011 12:44 PM

    Anyone who believes this article, thinks Ray sucks, or references his trial to this day is a clueless moron. Ray is the greatest defensive leader of all time, 31 teams wish they had Ray Lewis

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    Steelers dont need him, they already own him…lol

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    Really?!?!?! I do recall him having the interception to seal the win IN PITTSBURGH.. Ask Rashard what its like to be OWNED BY Ray Lewis.

    JUST SAYIN!!

  26. joetoronto says: Feb 4, 2011 1:10 PM

    Lewis can still be effective in the 3-4 the Ravens run. They keep him inside, so I don’t see a problem.

    Aside from the obvious though, I don’t know how you can even START to replace his leadership on the field, the man is a born leader and a man among boys.

    If he really does retire, I’ll miss him big time.

  27. jc1958coo says: Feb 4, 2011 1:20 PM

    can’t say knife or you’ll get erased! so who wants to cut up his contract?

  28. steeelfann says: Feb 4, 2011 1:21 PM

    Really?!?!?! I do recall him having the interception to seal the win IN PITTSBURGH.. Ask Rashard what its like to be OWNED BY Ray Lewis.

    JUST SAYIN!!
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    By that logic, ask Ray how it feels to be owned by Dan Kreider who pancaked Ray numerous times one on one.

    Just sayin”

  29. edgarpoe2 says: Feb 4, 2011 1:24 PM

    Preston, who wrote the article in the Baltimore Sun, cannot even edit his articles for spelling errors. He also has a history of making things up and then reversing his story. He is called Mr. Fluffnstuff in Baltimore.

  30. steeelfann says: Feb 4, 2011 1:27 PM

    blackglass3 says: Feb 4, 2011 11:12 AM

    If Ray Lewis was thinking about retirement, Bill Belichick would be on Robert Kraft’s private jet to Baltimore faster than you can say “Obstruction Of Justice”.

    Ray Lewis leading that young Pats D would = EPIC
    —————————–
    Don’t think he could start on Pats. Where would they hide him? Nah, don’t see it.

  31. steeelfann says: Feb 4, 2011 1:31 PM

    Ravens are fading.

    Slow receivers. Ed Reed oft-injured, close to retiring.
    Ray getting run out out by organization. Gaither not wanting to sign with them, no running game. Overrated QB. Not much of a pass rush outside of Suggs who is a stud.

    2 more years, they are .500 club. If Ozzie drags to Alabama, 1 year.

  32. supashug says: Feb 4, 2011 1:33 PM

    Rosenthal, what a piece of crap article
    The Raven Defense was better then expected even with Ed Reed out 6 games and their top draft pick cracking his noggin open after falling…I mean sleepwalking down a flight of stairs. They have been to the playoffs the last three years and he leads the team in tackles. WHO whispered this in Mike Prestons ear his boyfriend. Its freakine about.

    He will decide after next year and pray that the Ben gets pulled up on a rape charge in the offseason

  33. kokoskmr says: Feb 4, 2011 1:33 PM

    It looks like the first mention of this story was in a posting that said the story was not true. Am I missing something? Why is this a story?

    Ray Lewis is not going to retire. The Ravens don’t need Ray Lewis to retire. Ray Lewis is a 35 year old All Pro linebacker. Next year (barring a major injury), he will be an All Pro for the Ravens again.

    I am not suprised that the possibility of Ray Lewis retiring came up in the Ravens personnel meetings. They might also have mentioned the possibility of trading Joe Flacco for Carson Palmer even though there is no way in heck that would ever happen. This is an example of the Ravens being a thorough and deliberate organization. They plan for the future and look ahead a few years.

  34. edgarpoe2 says: Feb 4, 2011 1:34 PM

    Here’s on example of his great editing skills:

    “We just had our personnel meetings this week, and Ray hasn’t told any off our defensive staff he was retiring,”

    mods: could you add this to my previous post?

  35. dasmol says: Feb 4, 2011 1:57 PM

    Baltimore has sun?

  36. scotchrocks says: Feb 4, 2011 2:06 PM

    Lewis has lost a step, but he’s still playing at a high level. The Ravens issues on DEF were the sames ones going into the season, CBs. Foxworth got hurt in the pre-season, and the Ravens played less aggressive in the beginning of the season to shift support to the outside.

    Wilson and Webb played well. When they went back to their more aggressive style, the CBs started getting abused again.

    It was it is, but Lewis probably has a Kareem Abdul-Jabar pass. He can play until he no longer has a contract or decides to call it a career.

  37. docredskin says: Feb 4, 2011 2:26 PM

    Ray Lewis is a murderer. I want him to play forever so that I can enjoy every moment of his decline AND to keep him off of the pregane shows.

  38. stairwayto7 says: Feb 4, 2011 5:53 PM

    Ray Lewis gets credit for tackles when 3 guys already made the tackle! The Ravens see that the killer is on a downside and do nto wnat him going to another AFC North team. Ray Lewis talks big..big game choker! Look at his all his Super Bowl wins last 10 years..oh wait!!!!

  39. bebopa says: Feb 4, 2011 9:53 PM

    It may be true or maybe not, but who would take Lewis place. Lewis has at least one more good year left.

  40. Davelina Jolie says: Feb 6, 2011 9:27 AM

    Stop giving Preston and his rubbish space on your website. It’s just making you look like clowns.

  41. bertcampaneris says: Feb 9, 2011 7:45 AM

    Any way you slice it, he’s only got about another year left in the tank. He’s had problems with those slashing type RBs the last few years, what makes anyone think that’ll change? Besides the Ravens’ window for a title is closing fast, it’s barely a slit right now. And if that hacks people off, then so be it.

    But I guess on that fateful day when he retires we can expect the mayor to give him a key to the city, too. Hell, they already gave him a street.

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