Ravens' R.Lewis unconcerned about e-mail threat

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Ravens All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis said he's not concerned about a threatening e-mail sent to his foundation that has prompted an FBI investigation.<br><br> FBI agents searched an Akron, Ohio residence last week, and the suspect is reportedly related to one of two men killed in an Atlanta fight in 2000 where Lewis was initially charged with murder.

The murder charges were ultimately dropped by law enforcement authorities as Lewis pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of obstruction of justice and was sentenced to one year of probation.

"I'm too blessed to be stressed," Lewis said Wednesday at the opening of his new restaurant, Ray Lewis' Full Moon Bar-B-Que, in Canton. "I'm not worried, not at all."

Lewis indicated that the investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made.

Meanwhile, Lewis, who tried to recruit Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens last year prior to a controversial aborted trade, acknowledged talking with Minnesota Vikings receiver Randy Moss about joining the Ravens via a trade.

After the T.O. debacle, though, Lewis doesn't have his hopes up to add Moss to the NFL's 31st-ranked passing game.

Moss is reportedly on the trading block, although Vikings officials have denied interest in swapping the star-crossed wideout. The impending change in ownership from Red McCombs to Reggie Fowler has further clouded the Moss situation, and might delay or derail trade discussions.

"Honestly, if it happens, it happens," Lewis said. "A lot of people don't know a lot of intricate details about what the price is, so it can get blown out of proportion.

"I talked to Randy: 'If you're here with us, be here with us.' Because you learn from the T.O. thing, and you don't want to go through that again. If it does happen, we accept it and we love it."

The Ravens finished 9-7 last season and missed the playoffs as the offense finished a franchise-low 31st in total offense. Offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh resigned under pressure.

Ravens coach Brian Billick hired Jim Fassel as offensive coordinator and Rick Neuheisel as quarterbacks coach to try to revitalize a beleaguered unit.

Now, the personnel needs to be upgraded as Clarence Moore, Devard Darling and newcomer Fred Stamps are the only receivers currently under contract. Restricted free agent Randy Hymes is expected to return, and disappointing former first-round draft pick Travis Taylor is an unrestricted free agent who could return to Baltimore if he's willing to accept a lowered salary.

The Ravens are likely to pursue top free agent receivers such as Oakland's Jerry Porter and Pittsburgh's Plaxico Burress.

"I''m just excited about his focus on energy," Lewis said of Fassel. "It's one thing to say, 'We don't have this, we don't have that.'

"It's another for a coach to say, 'We need to have the same attitude as the defense. That lets me know we're going to be all right."

NOTE: The broken wrist that forced Lewis out of the Pro Bowl will not require surgery.
Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times and RavensInsider.com

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