On Wednesday, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis announced that this will be his final season in the NFL. He plans on retiring once the playoffs are over.
NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders doesn’t seem to believe the Lewis will retire.
“I don’t believe it — I really don’t,” Sanders said in an interview with Andrew Siciliano on NFL Network. “We all know that he’s been hampered with injuries over the last several years.”
Sanders said he believes Lewis will re-assess the state of the Ravens after the postseason, and if Lewis thinks a Super Bowl is within their reach a year from now, then Lewis will try to make it there.
“He could say, ‘You know, I could do this again because we’re almost there,’” Sanders said. “But if they’re not close, then I can see Ray Lewis saying, ‘This is a wrap.’”
Sanders said he doesn’t think Lewis will flip-flop on retirement as often as Brett Favre did, but he does think Lewis could change his mind at some point this offseason.
“Brett was on a carousel and he changed his mind so many times we got tired of it,” Sanders said. “I don’t think Ray Lewis is that kind of guy. He’s always been a definitive guy.”
I really believe Lewis is done. I don’t think he’s going to pull a Brett Favre and change his mind at the last minute. He’ll be 38 years-old in May and has now played 17 seasons in the NFL. It’s time to move on.