Former Pro Bowl cornerback Deion Sanders appears ready to end his retirement and join the Baltimore Ravens for the upcoming season, according to a story posted on the Baltimore Sun's Web site last night.
The Sun, citing an unnamed league source, reported that the seven-time Pro Bowler will play for the Ravens "barring any setback in his training regimen or 'last minute change of heart.' "
Sanders is one of the NFL's greatest cornerbacks and a future Hall of Famer, but he has not played since the 2000 season (when he was with the Washington Redskins) and is 37 years old. He would have a specific role with the Ravens, playing in passing situations as the nickel back.
Sanders has reportedly been working out at his home in Texas. He apparently began to consider a return to the NFL after receiving phone calls from his close friends and potential Raven teammates, Ray Lewis and Corey Fuller.
ESPN reported on its Web site on Tuesday that Sanders had consulted Michael Jordan about making a comeback and was "definitely" going to play for the Ravens, according to an unnamed source.
"Sure, if he comes out of retirement" the Ravens would be interested, Coach Brian Billick said on Monday. "Stand in line. There would be a lot of teams interested if he came out of retirement."
J. Lewis Faces Additional Charge
Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis, whose federal drug conspiracy trial is set to begin Nov. 1 in Atlanta, now faces an additional charge of attempting to possess cocaine.
Lewis and Angelo Jackson, a childhood friend, were indicted on federal drug conspiracy charges in February, but only Jackson was charged with attempted cocaine possession. The extra charge was included in a superseding indictment released yesterday by the Justice Department, a common move in complicated cases when the government refines its original accusations.
Lewis's Atlanta-based lawyers told the Associated Press that the additional charge was not a surprise, that it should not complicate their case, and that it should not add to Lewis's punishment were he convicted. "This is not big news for us," attorney Ed Garland told the AP.
"This is something that we can't control or Jamal can control at this time," Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne said. "There is a due process, and he'll get his day in court. Like we've said before, there are two sides to every story."