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    Ray Lewis wants a 50 million dollar signing bonus

    ON ONE SIDE, the Ravens have their top player of the past decade, and on the other their top player of the future. They both want more money, but it appears the Ravens only have definitive plans for one.

    Is Ravens safety Ed Reed on the outside looking in, and linebacker Ray Lewis on the inside looking out?

    The Ravens are intent on re-signing possible free agents after the 2005 season like tight end Todd Heap and running back Jamal Lewis, and they have claimEd Reed is a priority, but are in no apparent rush to restructure the four years left on Ray Lewis' contract.

    It's a sensitive situation, one the Ravens have to handle carefully, or it could blow up on them much like it did on the Cleveland Browns when they released Bernie Kosar.

    According to general manager Ozzie Newsome, Lewis has four years left on his current contract. Team and league officials have indicated he wants a new deal with a $50 million signing bonus.

    Lewis doesn't deserve that kind of money.


    But the team has to treat Lewis much like the Orioles treated Cal Ripken. Here's a player that gave the Ravens an identity around the league shortly after the franchise moved from Cleveland to Baltimore in 1996.

    He was the most dominant force behind the team's Super Bowl run in the 2000 season. He also became the team's top ambassador in the community, a spokesman for the club in trying to sign free agents. As expected, Lewis' performance has declined some with age, but it will be interesting to see how he performs in the new 46 defense, where the Ravens will try to keep him untouched by offensive linemen so he can run sideline to sideline.

    Lewis seems like he is prepared to yield some of the power he has held through the years, a source of contention in the locker room last season. He also scoffed at rumors that he would be a no-show at the opening of training camp or that he was trying to collude with Heap and Reed for all three to hold out to increase their leverage.

    "Last offseason I trained with Ed Reed, but this year I'm on my own," said Ray Lewis. "Those rumors are ridiculous. Ed Reed has his own agent to advise him, not me.

    "We're in the 46 defense now, and finally, finally again, I get to play football," said Lewis. "My job is not to take on offensive linemen, but to make running backs not want to play against me. Last year, there was a lot of personal stuff going on, petty stuff, in the locker room. This year, I'm just going to play football. I don't want to be a GM, I don't want to be a coach. I'm going to be a player again, and end up being the Most Valuable Player, not just on defense, but for the entire league."

    If that happens, the Ravens won't have a problem with a new deal. "Yeah, but I might ask for A-Rod numbers then," said Lewis, laughing.

    But right now, the teams is going to stay status quo as far as offering a contract extension.

    "When we reworked Ray's deal in 2002, that deal was done to allow him to retire as a Raven," said Newsome.

    There's the hint. The Ravens want Lewis to prove he has been reborn, but regardless, they'll have to compensate him in some way for what he has done for the franchise. It's a tough situation.

    Reed's isn't as complicated. Privately, he has threatened to stay out of training camp if he doesn't get a new deal. He has two years left on his current one, and will make only $550,000 in base salary this season.

    You can understand why he wants a new contract. He's a playmaker and was the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year last season. More important, he's only 26 and will eventually replace Lewis as the defensive leader.

    The Ravens should just roll up the mint trucks and give Reed the money. Before that, though, they ought to tell him to tone it down, get his ego in check to prevent the same chemistry problems that happened a year ago.

    Despite reports to the contrary, the Ravens aren't close to a deal with Reed.

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    Re: Ray Lewis wants a 50 million dollar signing bonus

    Hey, what a coincidence! I want a $50 million signing bonus, too!
    Have you ever seen a race of turtles, and they all go the wrong way instead of towards the finish line?

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    Re: Ray Lewis wants a 50 million dollar signing bonus

    Is Rosend*ck acting as the agent for either or both of them? That would explain the outrageousness of the amounts asked for.
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    Re: Ray Lewis wants a 50 million dollar signing bonus

    Ray is worth a lot of money to the Ravens, but $50 mil? That is a bit in excess!

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    Re: Ray Lewis wants a 50 million dollar signing bonus

    50 Mil...that's nuts, especially for someone who's getting up there in age.

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    Re: Ray Lewis wants a 50 million dollar signing bonus

    50 mil!!!!!!!! :shock:

    thats so much money its not even funny. do the ravens have that kind of cap??

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    Re: Ray Lewis wants a 50 million dollar signing bonus

    he has 4 years left on his contract as well.. he wants Heap and Reed to hold out with him as well.. I hope they do..

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    Re: Ray Lewis wants a 50 million dollar signing bonus

    As much as i dont like players getting their deals restructured, if anyone in the league deserves it, its Ed Reed. He the best defensive player in the league IMO. And making only 550k next year. So id make keeping Reed happy the priority over anything else if i were the ravens

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    Re: Ray Lewis wants a 50 million dollar signing bonus

    whoa i didnt know he only made that much.. He deserves a TON more money! Chavous is mad about getting over a mill. and Reed is 5 times better then Chavous and gets half the ammount Chavous gets.. thats ridiculous

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    Re: Ray Lewis wants a 50 million dollar signing bonus

    That is at least 13 million more in a signing bonus than Peyton Manning got, and he is the best player in the league (and at the most important position) hands down.

    Ray. let's not be ridiculous. Your current contract pays you more than enough money.


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