Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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It didn't take Ray Lewis very long to line up his next gig.
According to a Sports Illustrated report, the Baltimore Ravens legend is close to signing a multiple-year deal with ESPN, where he would utilize his well-documented loquaciousness in a significant role on the network's "Monday Night Countdown" and other platforms.
"One of Lewis' main requirements, according to sources, was flexibility in his schedule so he could attend the games of his son, Ray Lewis III, who will be a freshman running back/defensive back next season at his father's alma mater, the University of Miami. Such scheduling made Lewis an unlikely fit for a full-time role on the Sunday morning shows aired by CBS or Fox where he'd be required to be part of pre-show meetings on either Saturday or early Sunday."
The report also notes that no formal announcement is expected to be made until the Ravens season, which continues with Sunday's wild-card game vs. Indianapolis, is complete.
Lewis seems like he would be a natural for the job, but it will be interesting to see how he fits onto a crowded desk that already includes Chris Berman, Tom Jackson, Mike Ditka, Keyshawn Johnson and Cris Carter.
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