Ravens-Seahawks draft-pick swap talk stalls

March 13, 1997|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF

PALM DESERT, Calif. -- The Ravens' bid to trade down on the first round of the draft from the fourth to the 11th slot with the Seattle Seahawks for two extra draft picks stalled yesterday.

With Seattle balking at giving up a second-round pick, the two sides called a halt to the talks and plan to resume discussions Monday by telephone.

The Seahawks are trying to sell the Ravens on different concepts that would allow them to retain a second-round pick, including swapping Seattle's second-round pick, which is the ninth pick of the second round, for the pick the Ravens got from Denver, the 28th of the round.

That would allow the Ravens to move up 17 spots on the round while the Seahawks would retain a second-round choice. The Seahawks would then throw in a third-round pick.

Ravens vice president of player personnel Ozzie Newsome, tied up in meetings all day, didn't get a chance to talk to Mart Bartelstein, the agent for free-agent offensive lineman Leo Goeas of the St. Louis Rams.

Newsome made an offer for Goeas, who made $350,000 last year, on Tuesday and plans to call Bartelstein today to continue the talks. If they sign Goeas, he'll be a starter on the offensive line.

Newsome also met with Steve Zucker, agent for safety George Teague of the Dallas Cowboys, but failed to make an offer. Newsome and Zucker, who is also the agent for running back Bam Morris, will continue talks by phone Monday.

According to one source, Teague is seeking a three-year deal for about $2.7 million, but neither Newsome nor Zucker would discuss terms.

Pub Date: 3/13/97

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