If you remember, one of the interesting questions that kept popping up towards the end of last season was whether or not Ray Lewis would return.
In fact, that was one of the first questions Lewis put to rest when meeting with the media after the loss to the Patriots in the AFC title game last winter. He made it clear he'd be back in 2012.
The Ed Reed drama, well, that was quite another story.
But it appears that both Lewis and Reed will both be back to lead the Raven defense in 2012.
However, its still interesting to think about how they will end their playing careers. Its probably a safe bet that they wont finish like Brett Favre did-- when he finally finished.
Favre made himself look kind of silly with his retiringcoming backquittingcoming back antics. He wound up kind of forcing himself from the Packets to the Jets to the Vikings and then really slowing down in his final year with Minnesota.
But theres finally no question hes done now, and Favre took a new job. His agent, Bus Cook, said a few days ago that Favre is apparently going to be the offensive coordinator for Oak Grove High Schools football team in Mississippi, which is near where his family lives.
Favre apparently works out with players from that team during the off-season. This is going to be his second year away from the NFL after a 20-year career there.
Cook said taking this job would give Favre something to do, and apparently it will have to be approved in the coming days.
My feeling, though, is you wont see Lewis and Reed end their careers the way Favre did. Theyll probably decide that their games are over and walk away. Favre just couldnt seem to do that, for whatever reason.