Ravens name assistant, close in on T. Jones deal Mann joins staff

Broncos offer 2nd-round pick for OT

February 10, 1997|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF

The Ravens added an assistant coach to their staff yesterday and appear to be closing in on a deal to trade offensive tackle Tony Jones to the Denver Broncos.

Richard Mann, who started his NFL coaching career with the Baltimore Colts in 1982 and was the receivers coach for the New York Jets the past three years, has accepted a position with the team as an offensive coach, according to vice president of player personnel Ozzie Newsome.

Mann will replace tight ends coach Pat Hill on the staff, but Newsome said his duties haven't yet been defined. Hill left at the end of the year to become head coach at Fresno State.

Mann coached the Colts from 1982 through their first year in Indianapolis in 1984 and then went to Cleveland from 1985 to '93. Among the players he coached for the Browns was Newsome.

Two members of the Ravens organization -- pro personnel coordinator Scott Pioli and quality control assistant on offense Eric Mangini -- left the team last week to join the Jets. A third member of the organization, receivers coach Mike Sheppard, has interviewed with the Jets, but Newsome said Sheppard hasn't decided whether to leave the Ravens.

Newsome also said he's been busy with trade talks at the scouting combine in Indianapolis. "Several teams are interested in a number of our players," he said.

According to one source, the team is close to trading Jones to Denver for a second-round choice.

Newsome said the deal isn't done, noting players can't be traded until this Friday. He added that the Broncos aren't the only team interested in Jones.

"Everybody needs a left tackle," he said.

The Ravens can't afford Jones and his $2.9 million salary cap number because they have Jonathan Ogden ready to step in at left tackle. The Broncos need a left tackle because Gary Zimmerman is retiring.

Pub Date: 2/10/97

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