While Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis announced his retirement yesterday, there is at least one person who believes the decision could be short-lived. Deion Sanders told Andrew Siciliano of the NFL Network that he doesn’t believe Lewis’ announcement but instead thinks the veteran linebacker may come out of retirement if he returns to full health this offseason.
Deion Sanders came out of retirement in 2004 to play with Lewis and the Ravens, and Sanders now thinks Lewis may come out of retirement as well: Sanders said he believes that if Lewis gets completely healthy with some time to rest this offseason, and if Lewis is convinced that the Ravens have what it takes to win the Super Bowl next year, then Lewis will reconsider and play the 2013 season.
Sanders says that if Lewis views the Ravens as a team that is close to winning the Super Bowl in 2013-14, he could return next season once he’s able to rest and regain his health. The veteran has been hampered by injuries for most of the year, most significantly his torn triceps.
While Sanders doesn’t expect Lewis to flip-flop on his decision like former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre did, he does think Lewis could change his mind at some point this offseason.