Ravens to give Turner chance Veteran who sat out '97 season could add depth as wide receiver

July 15, 1998|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

Wide receiver Floyd Turner will take a step toward becoming a Raven again today when he works out for the team at its Owings Mills facility.

The Ravens are seeking to improve their depth at receiver before training camp begins next week. Turner, who played here in 1996 and before that in Indianapolis with quarterback Jim Harbaugh and under coach Ted Marchibroda, appears to be a comfortable fit.

"We need our fourth or fifth receiver to be able to contribute on special teams. We're looking for someone to fill both roles," said Ozzie Newsome, vice president of player personnel.

Turner, 32, an eight-year veteran, did not play last year after suffering through an injury-hindered season here in 1996. When asked if, upon passing a physical and giving the team a satisfactory workout, Turner would suit up as a Raven again, Newsome said, "There's a chance."

"I haven't talked any numbers with Ozzie yet, but this would probably be the best place for him," said Ted Marchibroda Jr., Turner's agent. "He knows the offense, and he's played with Harbaugh."

Turner, 5 feet 11, 200 pounds, caught 38 passes for 461 yards and two touchdowns in 1996. In the Colts' three-game playoff run in 1995 that ended in the AFC title game, he caught nine passes for 134 yards and two scores.

Yesterday, the Ravens signed defensive tackle Martin Chase, a fifth-round pick out of Oklahoma, to a three-year, $648,000 contract.

Pub Date: 7/15/98

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