If you're a Ravens fan, this is either excellent news, or evidence that nostalgia might be getting in the way of a smart business decision. I honestly can't say, at this point, which way I'd lean if I had to make the decision. But the way you view the situation is probably representative of how you think a franchise should be run. On one hand, how do you not reward the best player in the history of your franchise? For all the occasional headaches, Lewis has been the most important football player to this city since Unitas. He'll go into the Hall of Fame as a Raven, and though he's been well compensated throughout his career, there is something to be said for giving iconic athletes a golden parachute at the end of the line. It promotes stability. It rewards loyalty. It shows your fans that, even though the NFL might be a cold business, certain players should be allowed to finish their careers with one team. The Orioles let Cal Ripken play third base into his early 40s, and even though he hit .238 and slugged an anemic .361 his final year, no one was going to complain.