Ravens weigh 1-year deal for WR Turner Lloyd, waived by Steelers, apparently not in plans

July 16, 1998|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

After working him out yesterday at their Owings Mills facility, the Ravens soon could be making veteran wide receiver Floyd Turner a one-year offer to return to Baltimore, a team source said.

"He had a good workout. It was productive," Ravens vice president of player personnel Ozzie Newsome said of Turner. "We haven't gotten that far yet [contract talk]. We still have to get other assessments."

Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda, who coached Turner in Indianapolis before Turner signed with the Ravens in 1996, was unavailable for the workout yesterday. Marchibroda was in Buffalo, N.Y., attending the funeral of former NFL player and coach Elijah Pitts. Marchibroda and Pitts coached together with the Bills.

A source said Turner, who was out of football last year, would be offered the league minimum salary of $300,000.

Newsome also indicated the Ravens likely would not be interested in Greg Lloyd, who was released Tuesday by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The five-time Pro Bowl linebacker, who played under then-linebackers coach Marvin Lewis, now Ravens defensive coordinator, is coming off serious injuries over the past two seasons.

"I have not talked to Greg, and we have no idea what his health situation is. At this point, we have not scheduled a physical," Newsome said.

"We think we've got three very good young linebackers [Ray Lewis, Peter Boulware, Jamie Sharper]. Every snap they get, they're going to get a lot better. Those three guys are the future of this franchise."

The Ravens continue to negotiate with agent Drew Rosenhaus in an effort to sign their first-round pick, cornerback Duane Starks.

A day after fifth-round pick Martin Chase, a defensive tackle out of Oklahoma, agreed to a three-year contract, the Ravens appear to be nearing an agreement with their other fifth-round choice, safety Ryan Sutter from Colorado.

Sutter's agent, Peter Schaffer, said he is seeking a three-year deal with a signing bonus of $104,000 -- the same amount awarded to New Orleans Saints running back Wilmont Perry, who was drafted one spot ahead of Sutter. He said the Ravens have increased their bonus offer from $95,000 to $101,000.

"There's no reason Ryan should take less than the people drafted around him," Schaffer said. "I can't understand why, for a few thousand dollars, they would want to screw this up and cause this kid possibly not to be in training camp on time. It doesn't make sense."

Rookies are scheduled to report to camp on Monday, with the first practice scheduled for Tuesday.

Pat Moriarty, the team's chief financial officer, who is negotiating with Schaffer, did not return phone calls yesterday.

Pub Date: 7/16/98

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