is expected to join
season ends, according to a Sports Illustrated report citing unnamed sources.
Here's the core of what the report says:
An ESPN spokesperson declined comment when contacted Thursday morning.
Read the full report by Richard Deitsch
, several executives at networks and cable channels Wednesday said Lewis had great potential.
Seth Markman, the ESPN senior coordinating producer who oversees all NFL studio shows for the cable channel, would only say, "Ray Lewis has instant name recognition among all football fans and when he speaks he never holds back. You know he will be candid in offering his insights and opinions. That's everything you hope for in an analyst, not to mention the fact that he's a
champion and a first-ballot Hall of Famer."