Teague latest Cowboys safety to visit Dallas free agent starred in playoff win over Minn.

Ravens notebook

February 26, 1997|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

A week after receiving a free-agent visit from Dallas free safety Brock Marion, the Ravens will talk with another Cowboys safety -- four-year veteran George Teague.

Teague, who has met with the Miami Dolphins, is expected in Baltimore tonight.

Originally drafted in the first round by Green Bay out of Alabama in 1993, Teague started 50 of 54 games over three seasons with the Packers, who traded him to Atlanta last year after acquiring Eugene Robinson. The Falcons eventually cut Teague, and he signed with Dallas in August.

Teague, 6 feet 1, 195 pounds, spent the first 10 games of last season as a backup to Marion, but took over after Marion suffered a fractured shoulder blade. Teague started the final six games of the regular season, finishing with 70 tackles and four interceptions.

He then starred in the Cowboys' wild-card victory over Minnesota by forcing two fumbles and returning an interception for a touchdown.

The Ravens have only two safeties under contract in Bennie Thompson and Eric Turner, and Turner's hours here appear to be numbered. Unless the Ravens swing a trade for him by 4 p.m. on Friday -- and as of last night, no offers were forthcoming -- the Ravens would have to cut Turner to avoid having his $1.3 million roster bonus charged to their salary cap.

Turner's cap number for the 1997 season is $3.9 million, the highest on the Ravens, who would save $3 million by releasing him. Last year, Turner's $3.3 million cap number was nearly $1 million higher than that for the second-most expensive safety, Pittsburgh's Carnell Lake ($2.4 million).

Center Steve Everitt will make the last of his free-agent stops today when he visits the New York Jets. Everitt's agent, John Macik, will not accompany Everitt, making it unlikely he will sign a contract before returning to Baltimore.

"Hopefully, we'll start making some decisions thereafter," Macik said. Everitt figures to be weighing offers by the Ravens, Eagles and Jets. The Ravens initially offered the four-year veteran a $9 million deal over five years, including a $2.5 million signing bonus. Philadelphia proposed a six-year, $11.5 million contract that includes a $600,000 bonus and is guaranteed for the first two years.

Also on the free-agent front, the Houston Oilers and Gary Uberstein, the agent for Michael Jackson, have exchanged offers for the Ravens' wide receiver, who also has visited with Kansas City.

Ogden back at UCLA

Jonathan Ogden, who played left guard as a rookie but will move to his natural position at left tackle this year, is pursuing his undergraduate degree at UCLA during the off-season. Ogden, the Ravens' first-ever draft pick, flew to Washington, his hometown, where he was honored Friday, then went back to school after spending the weekend with his family.

"He's been taking it easy, getting some school work done, letting his sore shoulders heal," said offensive line coach Kirk Ferentz, who met with Ogden last week. "He's played a full season, so now he truly understands the physical and mental rigors of playing in this league."

Redskins eye F. Turner

The Washington Redskins have expressed an interest in Ravens wide receiver Floyd Turner, an unrestricted free agent.

Pub Date: 2/26/97

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