Report: Ray Lewis will head to ESPN when he retires

Now that Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has announced that he’ll be retiring at the end of this season,  Richard Deitsch of SI.com is reporting that he’ll be signing on with ESPN to prepare for life after football.

Multiple sources told SI.com the Ravens linebacker is close to signing a multi-year contract with the network. At ESPN, Lewis is expected to have a significant role on the network’s Monday Night Countdown program. As with most ESPN NFL talent, Lewis would also be featured on multiple platforms, including ESPN Radio.

No formal announcement from Lewis or the network is expected until the conclusion of the Ravens season. Lewis announced Wednesday that he planned to retire at the end of Baltimore’s season. The Ravens host the Colts on Sunday in the AFC WIld Card round.

An ESPN spokesperson declined comment when contacted Thursday morning.

According to multiple sources, Lewis and his representatives from talent agency William Morris Endeavor met during the season with several of the NFL broadcast networks.

ESPN brings in too many former NFL players to their staff, but I think Lewis will be a great addition.  I look forward to seeing how he does.