Marion files grievance against Ravens Unhealed shoulder injury killed free-agent deal

Modell: 'It's ludicrous'

April 19, 1997|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

Dallas safety Brock Marion, whom the Ravens nearly signed (( last month before he failed a physical as a result of a shoulder injury suffered last season with the Cowboys, has filed a grievance against the Ravens.

Details of the grievance were not available. It is believed that Marion is seeking a portion of the money -- possibly the signing bonus -- that the Ravens had agreed in principle to pay him. Shortly before Marion was scheduled to sign a four-year deal that averaged $1.6 million per year and included a $1.7 million bonus, the Ravens discovered that a fractured shoulder blade he suffered last November had not healed properly.

The Ravens then sought to restructure the original deal they were pursuing with Marion, who surprised them by re-signing with Dallas. Marion accepted a one-year deal worth $450,000.

"They filed a baseless grievance. Our people and the league management council agree that it's ludicrous," team owner Art Modell said. "He never signed a contract, and he didn't pass his physical. We were willing to go ahead and rehabilitate it. We wanted to work with him on this. I hardly know his agent, but I'm disappointed with Brock."

Jordan Woy, Marion's agent, did not return phone calls yesterday. Officials from the NFL Players Association, which represents Marion, and the league management council were unavailable for comment.

Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne said, "It's easy to be cocky today and have to pay some money later, but the Ravens clearly are not shaken by this news."

In other news, free-agent defensive tackle Tony Siragusa visited the team after passing his physical yesterday. Siragusa, a seven-year veteran who has played exclusively for Indianapolis, missed five games last year after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

Siragusa dined last night with Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda, who coached him from 1992-95 with the Colts. Modell said the team would resume negotiations with Siragusa after the draft.

Pub Date: 4/19/97

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