Ravens avoid time conflict with O's

Sept. 3 preseason game vs. Giants moved to noon

June 04, 1999|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,SUN STAFF

To avoid playing at the same time as the Orioles, the Ravens will play their final preseason game of 1999 at PSINet Stadium on Friday, Sept. 3 at noon against the New York Giants, team officials announced yesterday.

In other news yesterday, the Ravens have had a second meeting with the agent for No. 1 draft pick Chris McAlister, and plan to meet with Pro Bowl defensive end Michael McCrary's agent next week in an effort to sign both players before training camp begins in late July.

The Ravens' game against the Giants will be part of a day-night doubleheader at Camden Yards, with the Orioles meeting the Cleveland Indians at 7 p.m. in the baseball stadium.

Ravens vice president Kevin Byrne said both the Ravens and Giants didn't mind getting the game over early so they both could have extra days to prepare for their season openers.

"It's an experiment trying a Friday afternoon game, but with many of our ticket-holders heading to the beach on the last weekend of summer, it will give them a chance to watch our game before they go to the beach or the shores," Byrne said.

The Ravens would like to work out definitive plans with McAlister and McCrary. Pat Moriarty, the Ravens' vice president of administration, met with McAlister's agent, Eugene Parker, on Tuesday. Although no agreement was reached, Moriarty reported progress in the talks.

Parker is known for holding players out of camp in contract disputes. McAlister, a cornerback out of Arizona, was the No. 10 overall pick in the April draft.

"It's only the beginning of June, but the idea is there to complete a deal as early as we can," Moriarty said.

McCrary has one year left on his contract. He has said he will become a free agent if the Ravens don't re-sign him before the regular season begins. McCrary's agent has asked for a preliminary deal worth $42 million over the next six years, but it's highly unlikely the Ravens will pay him that much.

Moriarty said he plans to meet with Michael George, McCrary's agent, by the end of next week.

NOTE: Defensive tackle Tony Siragusa reported to the team's training complex this week weighing 342 pounds, six pounds under head coach Brian Billick's required weight for him for the start of Monday's minicamp.

Ravens schedule

Preseason

Thu., 8/12..... at Philadelphia .............8

Sat., 8/21 ......at Atlanta ..............7: 30

Sat., 8/28 ......Carolina ................7: 30

Fri., 9-3..........N.Y. Giants ...........noon

Regular season

Date .............Opponent ...............Time

Sun., 9-12......at St. Louis .................1

Sun., 9-19 .....Pittsburgh ...................1

Sun., 9-26 .....Cleveland ....................1

Sun., 10-3 .....at Atlanta ....................1

Sun., 10-10 ...at Tennessee ........4: 15

Sun., 10-17 ...Bye

Thu., 10-21 ....Kansas City ...........8: 20

Sun., 10-31 ....Buffalo ........................1

Sun., 11-7 ......at Cleveland ................1

Sun., 11-14 ....at Jacksonville .......4: 05

Sun., 11-21 ....at Cincinnati ..........4: 05

Sun., 11-28 ....Jacksonville .................1

Sun., 12-5 ......Tennessee ...................1

Sun., 12-12 at Pittsburgh ....................1

Sun., 12-19 New Orleans .....................1

Sun., 12-26 Cincinnati ..........................1

Sun., 1-2 at New England ....................1

Pub Date: 6/04/99

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