Ray Lewis has become like the weather. Everybody is talking about him.
The narrative has become that he’s nowhere near the force he once was at linebacker and is getting pushed around. Speaking to The Baltimore Sun, NBC analyst and former NFL coach Tony Dungy said: “People are getting up on Ray and blocking him. He’s not the same player he was 10 years ago. When I was coaching, I told the guys, ‘If we don’t block Ray Lewis, he will make every tackle.’
“He had big guys in front of him, and he didn’t have to take on a lot of blocks. That’s not his strength. It’s tougher now for him. It’s a young man’s game.”
Lewis’ former Ravens teammate, retired offensive lineman Wally Williams, added to the chorus: “He’s outmanned at the point of attack. He’s not as physical. You see a lot of Ray on the ground, on his back. He gets overpowered and stuck to blocks.
“You can’t expect a guy to not lose a couple of steps with all the wear and tear on his body. You’re not accustomed to seeing Ray have so many problems. It’s glaring. It looks really bad.”
Cowboys fullback Lawrence Vickers didn’t give Lewis and Ravens much respect heading into Sunday’s game. “Names don’t scare me, man,” Vickers said.
As the talk about Lewis builds, watch to see how he responds on the field. We certainly know the spirit is willing. But, in NFL season No. 17, is the body?
(H/T to Pro Football Talk.)
If you want to sign Dez Bryant in 2018, it will have to be on a one-year deal.
The 29 year-old wide receiver turned down a multi-year offer from the Baltimore Ravens in hopes of finding a one-year deal that enables him to test the open market again in 2019, Ed Werder of The Doomsday Podcast first reported.
Bryant - who finished 2017 with 69 receptions, 838 yards and six touchdowns - is predicating a bounce back season in 2018 with hopes of a big money, long-term contract in 2019.
The offer was similar to that of Michael Crabtree's three-year, $21 million deal, according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport. The Ravens had to offer Bryant a multi-year deal in order to fit his number under the salary cap.
Since turning down their offer, the Ravens signed former Saints WR Willie Snead to a two-year, $10.4 million contract.
Bryant will now have to wait until after the 2018 NFL Draft to work out a deal with an organization, if one is still searching for a wide receiver going in to the tail end of his career.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Receiver Willie Snead has bid farewell to the Saints, which means New Orleans apparently won't match the contract the Baltimore Ravens offered the restricted free agent.
Eager to add a target for quarterback Joe Flacco, the Ravens on Friday offered Snead a two-year, $10.4 million contract. The Saints had five days to match the deal. Snead indicated Monday on Twitter that he's headed out of New Orleans.
Snead tweeted: "What I'm going to miss most is the men in the locker room & the coaches."
He added: "Even though I'm sad to go, I'm even more excited for the next chapter in my life. I can't wait to strap it on as a Baltimore Raven."
Hampered by a three-game suspension and a hamstring injury, Snead was limited to eight catches for 92 yards last year.
In 2015, he had 69 receptions for 984 yards. He caught 72 passes for 895 yards in 2016.