Montgomery, Kinchen agree to Ravens terms Punter gets 5-year deal, tight end 3-year contract

March 30, 1996|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,SUN STAFF

Two free-agent players agreed to contracts with the Baltimore Ravens yesterday, including Greg Montgomery, a former Pro Bowl punter with the Houston Oilers who also played for the Detroit Lions.

Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens' director of football operations, said Montgomery passed his physical yesterday morning in Cleveland and will make nearly $2 million over the next five seasons.

Montgomery played for the Oilers from 1988 through 1993, then signed with Detroit for the 1994 season. Montgomery did not play in the league last year.

Montgomery holds the career punting average mark with the Oilers at 43.6 yards, and his best year was 1992, when he averaged 46.9. Montgomery averaged 44.2 yards with the Lions.

The Ravens also reached agreement with free agent and starting tight end Brian Kinchen that will pay Kinchen nearly $1.6 million during the next three years.

Newsome said he expects to come to terms with restricted free agent and defensive tackle Dan Footman by Tuesday or Wednesday. Footman made $570,200 last season with the Cleveland Browns.

"We just got his paperwork back today, and it's just about changing the language. That's it," said Newsome.

Pub Date: 3/30/96

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