Bankston agent: DE to stay with Cards

April 02, 1997|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

Free-agent defensive end Michael Bankston, whom the Ravens have courted for the past week, appears to be headed back to the Arizona Cardinals after listening to an offer from Baltimore that Bankston's agent said was unacceptable.

Gene Burrough, Bankston's agent, said Bankston would probably sign a one-year deal to return to Arizona -- possibly as soon as today -- rather than accept a three-year offer from the Ravens.

"I'm disappointed in their offer, and I think Michael is as well. It's not the kind of offer that would make Michael leave his team and move to another city," said Burrough, who listened to a proposal from Ravens chief financial officer Pat Moriarty last night.

Burrough said he expected the Ravens to offer a package in the $4.5 million to $5 million range, but instead he heard a proposal "substantially lower than that."

"I think we probably could have gotten it done if we had negotiated within that range," said Burrough, who added that Bankston, 6 feet 3, 280 pounds and entering his sixth season, would probably sign a one-year contract with Arizona for about $1.2 million, then retest the free agent market next year.

If the Ravens lose Bankston, they will train their focus on re-signing defensive end Anthony Pleasant.

"We have a budget for that position, and we think we'll find a quality player that fits our budget," Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne said.

Pub Date: 4/02/97

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