Ogden, Banks talks show little progress

Team meets with agent

fast decisions not expected

January 29, 2000|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,SUN STAFF

Ravens team officials said they had a good meeting yesterday in Atlanta with agent Marvin Demoff, who represents offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden and quarterback Tony Banks, but reported they were not close to any deals.

Banks, who completed 169 of 320 passes for 2,136 and 17 touchdowns in the final 10 games of the 1999 season, can become an unrestricted free agent on Feb. 11.

Ogden, a fourth-year player who has been named to the past three AFC Pro Bowl squads, is looking to sign an extension or he will hit the free-agent market at the end of the 2000 season, his last year under contract.

Ozzie Newsome, the team's vice president of player personnel, said the team is expected to exchange proposals with Demoff on Banks within five to seven days. He also said Demoff stated there was no rush on re-signing Ogden until after the draft in April.

According to Newsome, Demoff wanted to wait to see what new value the free-agent market may create for Ogden.

Demoff also represents Denver Broncos tight end Shannon Sharp and Cincinnati Bengals running back Corey Dillon, two other potential free agents the Ravens might have interest in when the market opens.

Ogden was the first player ever drafted by the Ravens in 1996 out of UCLA, the fourth selection overall. He is generally considered one of the two best at his position along with Tony Boselli of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Boselli and Cleveland Browns right tackle Orlando Brown, a former Raven, are the two highest-paid offensive linemen in the NFL. Boselli, who had two years left on his contract, signed a four-year contract extension in March worth $26 million.

In February, Brown signed a six-year, $26 million contract. Ogden's current contract will have paid him nearly $15 million after the 2000 season, which included a $6.8 million signing bonus as a rookie. Banks was 6-4 as a starter, including winning four of the team's final five games.

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