Lewis Signs Officially for 7 Years

The official word on Ray Lewis’ contract from the Baltimore Sun. Pay attention because you might get lost in the numbers.

According to the NFL Players Association, the Pro Bowl middle linebacker officially signed a seven-year deal that totals $44.5 million, including $12.25 million in bonuses.

Because Lewis turns 34 before the season, the Ravens probably are looking at this as a three-year deal, but they are spreading the prorated bonuses over seven seasons. In the first three years of the contract, Lewis would earn $22 million, as was reported last week.

This season, Lewis will receive a $6.25 million signing bonus, a $2.75 million roster bonus and $1 million in base salary. In 2010, the Ravens would need to pick up a $1.25 million roster bonus on Lewis and pay him $4.25 million in base salary. In 2011, there is a $2 million roster bonus and $4.5 million in base salary.

His base salaries in the final four years would be $4.95 million in 2012, $5.4million in 2013, $5.85 million in 2014 and $6.3million in 2015. Base salaries in the NFL are not guaranteed if a player is released.

So with a little creative accounting Lewis is locked up for the rest of his career and contrary to what it may appear, on paper it won’t hamper other moves.

Ozzie Newsome claims that the phones are still hot and that the team may still look to add a player or two before the draft. However with Lewis’ deal the team is rough 2 million under the cap. This may mean that Samari Rolle would be released, which would free up about 4 million in cap space or that the long term deal for Terrel Suggs may be finalized to get the 10 million dollar franchise tag down to a more cap friendly figure.

Either way in order for the Ravens to address a few more needs, mainly Wide Receiver, Offensive Line, and a decision on the kicker they will need to restructure deals or cut heavier contracts.

At any rate you can’t say the team hasn’t been busy this offseason.

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One Response to “Lewis Signs Officially for 7 Years”

  1. Alex Mathews says:

    release Rolle, draft a CB in the first two rounds

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