Ngata thinks retiring Ray Lewis has more left in the tank

When Ray Lewis announced on Jan. 2 that he’d retire after this year’s playoffs, he said he felt like he had more than four games left in him, but was choosing to call it a career now.

The veteran Ravens linebacker isn’t the only one to voice that opinion.

Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata thinks Lewis is capable of playing an 18th year or even a 19th season in the NFL if he wanted.

“Definitely. I think Ray Lewis can keep on playing,” Ngata said. “But like he said, I think he has bigger plans and bigger things that he has to do, especially with his family and whatever other endeavors he has going on.

“But he definitely can play multiple more years, but I think he understands that it’s his time to move on. It’s just great to see him play at a level that I don’t think a lot of linebackers can be doing now. I’m just humbled and definitely lucky, I guess, to play with someone like that.”

Lewis has posted big tackles numbers since returning from torn triceps surgery in the playoffs. The 37-year-old had 13 tackles in the wild card win over the Colts and made 17 in the divisional round victory over the Broncos.