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Bisciotti’s Comments Hurting the Re-Signing of Lewis?

From: Baltimore Sun

For the second time in a year, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has played his hand way too early in the coming negotiations with middle linebacker Ray Lewis, who just completed the final season of a six-year contract. In March, Bisciotti said he expected the Ravens to outbid other teams for the services of Lewis.

And Wednesday, Bisciotti said he didn’t foresee the Ravens using the franchise tag on Lewis. That was interesting because Newsome, in preliminary talks before the season started, has already let Lewis’ side know the general manager could use the designation on Lewis. It’s the trump card the Ravens don’t want to play, but it’s nice to have that ace up their sleeve. Fortunately, Bisciotti has said Newsome will handle the negotiations, which could begin as early as next week, when the Ravens start their player-evaluation meetings.

“Let’s just hope that it doesn’t get to that point,” Newsome said of using the tag. “All I can say is that we have a process in place, and we also have a history of retaining our top players. “In other cases, there is also a process in place where we allow free agents to test the market and then they can get back to us. We just have to see how these things play out.”

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