Ravens reverse field, may seek Turner's return Now that Everitt is gone, Newsome has more cash to flash under salary cap

March 14, 1997|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF

PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Ozzie Newsome is apparently going to have his own version of Big Monday next week when he has a busy day scheduled that will include an attempt to lure Eric Turner back to the Ravens.

Newsome, the Ravens' vice president of personnel, has yet to sign an unrestricted free agent but plans activity at the Ravens complex Monday that could set the stage for some deals.

He has invited linebacker Broderick Thomas in for a second visit. He will talk to the agents for guard Leo Goeas and safety George Teague. And he plans to reopen negotiations with the Seattle Seahawks for extra draft picks in return for moving down in the first round.

Newsome also hopes to speak with Mike Sullivan, Turner's agent, to see if the safety would be interested in returning to the team after being cut two weeks ago.

"We want to see whether he wants to be a Raven," Newsome said.

Newsome said the team has more money to spend than it anticipated because of the loss of center Steve Everitt to the Philadelphia Eagles and may be able to structure a deal to get Turner back.

The Ravens also have money to spend because they failed to lure such free agents as Ray Seals and Raylee Johnson and are about $5.7 million under the NFL salary cap although they have only 32 players under contract.

Turner was cut because of salary cap considerations even though Sullivan proposed a deal that would have reduced his cap number from $3.9 million to $2.1 million this year.

Newsome wouldn't say whether the Ravens were now willing to accept the restructured deal for Turner they rejected when they thought they would get Everitt.

Sullivan declined to comment on whether Turner would now take that deal or be willing to return to the Ravens.

The Ravens have penciled Thomas in as a starter at linebacker if they can get him signed. He plans to talk with defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis about his role on the team if he leaves the Dallas Cowboys.

Newsome made an offer this week for Goeas, who will start at right guard if the Ravens can lure him from St. Louis. They haven't yet made an offer to Teague, who is also being courted by the Miami Dolphins.

The other item on Newsome's agenda Monday will be re-opening trade discussions with the Seahawks. The Ravens want second- and fourth-round picks in exchange for moving down from the fourth to the 11th spot. The Seahawks are balking at giving up the second-round pick.

Pub Date: 3/14/97

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