ray-lewis-old-spiceGood news for Ravens fans dealing with Ray Lewis withdraw in 2013, the future Hall of Fame linebacker will be joining ESPN’s NFL family after he retires at the end of this season.

Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch reports that Lewis has received interest from CBS, Fox, NBC and the NFL Network, but that the world-wide leader is close to signing Lewis to a multi-year contract.

One 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. There is a possibility Lewis could work for ESPN on some Sundays depending on his travel. Given his star power, it’s very likely Lewis would have a role on ESPN’s multiple-day coverage of April’s NFL draft.

Can we replace “C’Mon Man” with some sort of “Hot in Herre” segment?