Ray Lewis to join ESPN after retirement

He might be leaving the gridiron, but Ray Lewis isn’t wandering too far away from the game.

Sources tell Richard Deitsch of SI.com that Lewis is on the verge of signing a multi-year contract with ESPN.

At the Worldwide Leader, the future Hall of Fame linebacker will have a “significant” role in the network’s Monday Night Countdown program, as well as other platforms like ESPN Radio.

No formal announcement is expected until the Ravens’ season ends — and Lewis formally retires.

Deitsch’s sources say that Lewis and his representatives scoured various NFL broadcast networks during this past season.

Like most high-profile players who’ve called it quits, the 37-year-old Lewis is transitioning to the next chapter of his life. His love of the sport is keeping him close to the action, however, and he’s a natural fit for television. Lewis’ oozes passion each time he speaks, which should make for entertaining — yet informative — TV.

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Zack Kelberman
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