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- Ravens Do Not Franchise Lewis

Chris Pokorny February 22, 2006
Chris Pokorny
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The Baltimore Ravens have passed on the opportunity to slap the franchise tag on running back Jamal Lewis, who struggled this past season with a career-low 906 yards rushing. The move means that Lewis is not protected from free agency, however the Ravens may still attempt to sign Lewis to a long-term deal.

Lewis had an outstanding season two years ago, rushing for over 2,000 yards. Then he had a four-month jail sentence following the season and also had surgery on his right ankle. He never really got going last year.

On top of not franchising Lewis, backup running back Chester Taylor will probably become a free agent. That may force the Ravens to pursue Lewis still.

"We will still consider the possibility of talking to Jamal about a long-term contract with us," said Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome.

Several teams would probably be interested in Lewis, but the free agent market among running backs is already stacked.

"I've spoken with Jamal and his agent today to let them know," said Newsome.


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