As the offseason begins, Gang Green Nation will take a look at potential ways to improve the club. Today we will explore signing Ray Lewis.
Profile: Lewis is surely headed to Canton one day. The Baltimore middle linebacker has 10 Pro Bowls, 8 All Pro Teams, 2 Defensive Player of the Year Awards, and a Super Bowl MVP on his resume. He has completely resurrected his image after facing murder charges in 2000 that eventually were downgraded. An original Raven, the 33 year old is considered the heart and soul of the club.
Why It Makes Sense: With Eric Barton a free agent, the Jets have a void at starting middle linebacker opposite David Harris. Lewis represents an upgrade in that area. While his best days are behind him, Ray still plays at a high level. The run defense would be even better, although he would not really address the issues the linebacker corps have in pass coverage.. He also would bring sorely needed leadership skills. As one of the most feared players in the game, he could help instill a swagger in the club. Bringing in another major star like Lewis would help Woody Johnson create a buzz around the team and sell PSL's.
Odds of Happening: It is possibile Lewis comes to New York, but the odds are under 50/50. There is a good chance Ray leaves Baltimore. This will be his last chance to cash in, and he is the oldest of three Ravens starter linebackers expecting big deals in free agency. Baltimore will only be able to afford two at most, and that could very well leave Lewis on the outside. The Jets probably do not have the cap space to win a bidding war. He could end up in New York if he really wants to play for Rex Ryan and decides the endorsement potential in the Big Apple is enough to offset a discount.