Answer near on Bankston, says agent Free-agent DE seeking 3-year deal with Ravens

April 01, 1997|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

The agent for free-agent defensive end Michael Bankston sent the Ravens a proposal last night and is hoping to close a deal with Baltimore soon.

"We had a long discussion, and I think we'll get an answer soon on whether [Bankston] is going to sign, once and for all," said Gene Burrough, Bankston's agent, who is seeking a three-year contract.

"Does it look promising? I have no idea. They [Ravens] haven't given me any indication yet," Burrough added.

Bankston, 6 feet 3, 280 pounds and entering his sixth season, was seventh on the Arizona Cardinals with 89 tackles last year. The Ravens have only one defensive end under contract and plan to play a 4-3 defense this season.

If they sign Bankston, the Ravens are not expected to pursue free-agent lineman Anthony Pleasant. He has been in the organization since being drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1990.

NOTES: San Diego linebacker Lewis Bush could visit the Ravens later this week. Bush has visited Atlanta, Minnesota and St. Louis, and remains a high priority for the Chargers. Team owner Art Modell and coach Ted Marchibroda will tour the construction site of the team's new stadium at Camden Yards this morning.

Pub Date: 4/01/97

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