The Baltimore Ravens announced today that they have agreed in principle to a three-year deal with Jamal Lewis, retaining one of the NFL's top running backs.
After undergoing offseason ankle surgery, the 5-11, 245-pound back led the Ravens with 1,097 combined yards last season, including 906 rushing and 191 receiving. Lewis, a 2003 Pro Bowler, returns to a backfield that also added former Denver Broncos running back Mike Anderson.
"We are so excited to have Jamal back," said Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome. "If you look at his history, he always rebounds in a big way from adversity. He had a tough 2005 that started with surgery, his incarceration, and then dealing with all of the turmoil during the season with the contract hanging over his head. We expect big things from him."
Lewis, who will enter his seventh year, will stay with the team that drafted him out of the University of Tennessee with the fifth overall selection in the 2000 NFL Draft.
RE: TRANSACTION NEWS
As Ravens fans you probably wonder why ESPN can run a "crawl" that says the Ravens have agreed to a contract with Mike Anderson, or the Baltimore Sun writes on its website that we've agreed to a deal with Pro Bowl DE Trevor Pryce - and that information is not on the team's official website. The simple answer is: agents.
Reporters stay in contact with players' agents and those agents will alert good reporters when the agent has agreed to a contract. As a team, we have to be more cautious with that information. First, we usually wait until a player passes the physical and signs the contract before we announce anything. Second, there have been examples when an agent agrees, uses that as leverage with another team and then takes the players someplace else. So, we have to be a little more cautious with that information. In the end, we'll have more information because of our contact with the players.
We've had some excitement the last couple of days. Stay tuned and we'll be sharing that with you.
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