(USA TODAY) -- It didn't take Ray Lewis very long to line up his next gig.
According to a Sports Illustrated
report, the Baltimore Ravens legend is close to signing a multiple-year
deal with ESPN, where he would utilize his well-documented
loquaciousness in a significant role on the network's "Monday Night
Countdown" and other platforms.
of Lewis' main requirements, according to sources, was flexibility in
his schedule so he could attend the games of his son, Ray Lewis III, who
will be a freshman running back/defensive back next season at his
father's alma mater, the University of Miami. Such scheduling made Lewis
an unlikely fit for a full-time role on the Sunday morning shows aired
by CBS or Fox where he'd be required to be part of pre-show meetings on
either Saturday or early Sunday."
The report also notes
that no formal announcement is expected to be made until the Ravens
season, which continues with Sunday's wild-card game vs. Indianapolis,
seems like he would be a natural for the job, but it will be
interesting to see how he fits onto a crowded desk that already includes
Chris Berman, Tom Jackson, Mike Ditka, Keyshawn Johnson and Cris