Ravens, Redskins deliver on scrimmage

Ravens notebook

Event set for FedEx Field in July

Trapp re-signs

March 15, 2000|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,SUN STAFF

A year after the idea was first broached, the Ravens and Washington Redskins will promote their geographic rivalry with a controlled scrimmage at FedEx Field on July 28.

That's just five days after the playoff-hopeful Ravens report to training camp this summer, and nine days after the NFC favorite Redskins report to camp.

"I talked to Norv [Redskins coach Norv Turner] last year about trying to get together in some type of scrimmage format," Ravens coach Brian Billick said yesterday. "But given the predisposition of their former ownership toward Baltimore -- us being here -- it just made it prohibitive."

The uneasy relationship between the two teams appears to have ended. Late Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke voted against Baltimore's expansion efforts and was unhappy about the relocation of the Cleveland Browns four years ago.

Ravens owner Art Modell was upset when the Redskins, under new owner Daniel M. Snyder, hired marketing executive David Cope away from the team.

While the exact format of the scrimmage has not been finalized, several other details have been. The 7: 30 p.m. scrimmage will be followed by a concert that will likely feature three bands, possibly including Hootie and the Blowfish. Tickets for the event will range from $25 to $45.

Should the scrimmage become an annual affair, it likely would be held in Landover each year, said Redskins spokesman John Maroon.

"It's an opportunity to see some of our young players go against other competition," said Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens' vice president for player personnel.

"We'll get a good look primarily at our second- and third-level players," Billick said. "But we will do a little with the first string. After one week, there's only so much we'll have in, so it'll be a fairly basic scrimmage."

Billick had scheduled an intrasquad scrimmage for the Ravens for that date. Tentative plans now call for a fan photo day on July 29 at their Western Maryland training camp.

Trapp agrees to terms

Cornerback James Trapp reached an agreement in principle on a two-year contract worth as much as $1.4 million yesterday with the Ravens, turning down a more lucrative offer from the New Orleans Saints.

According to agent George Mavrikes, the Saints' offer was worth $300,000 more.

"But he likes it in Baltimore and he likes the coaching staff," Mavrikes said.

Trapp, 30, is entering his eighth NFL season and second with the Ravens. He was one of their leading special team players last season with 14 tackles, despite playing with a shoulder injury that required surgery at season's end.

The former U.S. Olympic gold-medal winner spent six seasons with the Oakland Raiders.

Sizing up the field

The Ravens will be on hand when the big three in next month's NFL draft conduct private workouts today. Defensive end Courtney Brown and linebacker LaVar Arrington of Penn State, and wide receiver Peter Warrick of Florida State are scheduled for timed 40-yard runs today in University Park, Pa., and Tallahassee, Fla.

With the fifth pick in the draft, the Ravens would be extremely unlikely to get either of the defensive players, but various reports have suggested Warrick could fall to the Ravens' pick.

"I don't think that ultimately will happen," said Phil Savage, director of college scouting for the Ravens.

Savage will attend today's workout by Maryland cornerback Lewis Sanders, a junior who came out early for the draft. Sanders participated in the scouting combine in Indianapolis last month, but had an injured toe.

Newsome described the individual workouts as "a piece of the puzzle," along with information gleaned from game tape, scouting combine results and interviews, and the Wunderlich intelligence test.

"[But] it always goes back to how a guy plays," Newsome said.

The danger of getting carried away with gaudy workouts is what happened to the Philadelphia Eagles when they traded up from the 12th pick to the seventh to get defensive end Mike Mamula in 1995. Mamula has not had a career deserving of the pick.

"You have to be careful because it's real easy to fall in love with a workout warrior, a guy who just blows your socks off in all the things he can do in shorts," Billick said. "Then you get him in, put him in pads, put him on the field and invariably you're disappointed because he can't quite extrapolate it onto the field."

Banks wins Unitas' jersey

Ravens quarterback Tony Banks paid $1,800 in auction for John Unitas' signed jersey at a Cystic Fibrosis fund-raiser Monday night in Baltimore. Wide receiver Brandon Stokley also attended.

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