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.
In news that should surprise no one, Lewis' reps reached out to numerous outlets to gauge their interest in him joining. It was quite high.
It will be interesting to see how his passion translates to television. One thing is for sure: All producers are going to be terrified to give him performance notes.
[H/T: Sports Illustrated]