Baltimore free agents shopping their talents

March 09, 1996|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

Tight end Brian Kinchen, safety Louis Riddick and linebacker Gerald Dixon, unrestricted free agents who each have expressed interest in re-signing with Baltimore's NFL team, could end up with new clubs next week.

Kinchen, the long snapper who was used lightly in the Cleveland Browns' run-oriented offense in 1995, has visited the Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints, and may meet with the New && England Patriots and Houston Oilers next week, agent Mike Azzarelli said.

Kinchen, an eight-year veteran who joined the Browns in 1991, caught 20 passes in 13 games last year, when he earned $450,200, according to the NFL Players Association salary survey.

"Brian would very much like to stay, but we'd like to get him more involved with the offense," Azzarelli said. "He's attracted to a team with [head coach] Ted Marchibroda and [quarterbacks coach] Don Strock."

Riddick made $210,600 last year, when he led the team in special teams tackles. He is looking for a chance to play more in the defensive backfield, said his agent, Paul Sheehy. Riddick, a four-year veteran, has visited the Atlanta Falcons and is talking with two other teams.

"If they [Baltimore] look for him to come back and just lead the team in special teams tackles again, it's not going to work," Sheehy said.

Dixon, drafted by the Browns in 1993, started nine games last year, when he had 44 tackles and 14 assists. His agent, Tank Black, said three other teams have expressed serious interest in Dixon, who earned $326,000 in 1995.

Pub Date: 3/09/96

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