It didn’t take Ray Lewis long to find a new job.
SI.com is reporting that the veteran Ravens linebacker, who announced this week that he will retire after this year’s playoffs, will join ESPN.
Multiple sources told SI.com the Ravens linebacker is close to signing a multi-year contract with the network. At ESPN, Lewis is expected to have a significant role on the network’s Monday Night Countdown program. As with most ESPN NFL talent, Lewis would also be featured on multiple platforms, including ESPN Radio.
No formal announcement from Lewis or the network is expected until the conclusion of the Ravens season. Lewis announced Wednesday that he planned to retire at the end of Baltimore’s season. The Ravens host the Colts on Sunday in the AFC WIld Card round.
An ESPN spokesperson declined comment when contacted Thursday morning.
Lewis, 37, is a 13-time Pro Bowl linebacker who has played 17 seasons in the NFL, all of them with the Ravens. He was the Super Bowl MVP in 2001, when the Ravens defeated the New York Giants.
Atlanta fans remember Lewis for less glamorous reasons.
He was embroiled in a murder investigation after someone in his entourage allegedly stabbed two men to death in Buckhead after the 2000 Super Bowl in Atlanta.
Months later, a judge approved a deal allowing Lewis to avoid murder charges by pleading guilty to a misdemeanor obstruction charge and testifying against two co-defendants.
He was put on probation for one year and fined $250,000 by the NFL. The co-defendants were acquitted by a Fulton County jury.
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