Ravens make offer to Taylor

Two top picks still out

Swann signing unlikely

Pro Football

July 18, 2000|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,SUN STAFF

The Ravens reached out to rookie wide receiver Travis Taylor yesterday, and all but said goodbye to free-agent defensive tackle Eric Swann.

Six days before training camp opens at Western Maryland College, Ravens vice president of player personnel Ozzie Newsome said the team had faxed a contract proposal to Taylor's agent, Steve Weinberg.

Weinberg, who had complained in the last two weeks about the lack of an offer for the 10th pick in the draft, did not return phone calls to his Dallas office, and the Ravens declined to discuss the proposal.

The Ravens have yet to sign their other first-round pick, running back Jamal Lewis, who was drafted fifth overall.

Meanwhile, Swann has reduced his free-agent tour to four cities, and Baltimore didn't make the cut.

Released last week by the Arizona Cardinals in a salary-cap move, Swann, 29, will visit the Jacksonville Jaguars today and the Denver Broncos tomorrow. He has already visited the Chicago Bears and the Carolina Panthers.

Swann's agent, Steve Zucker, said the nine-year veteran wanted to limit his visits and scratched a tentative trip to Baltimore later this week.

Curiously, Zucker declined to eliminate the Ravens.

"Baltimore's not out of the picture," he said. "You can always add a visit, and we could re-evaluate [tomorrow]."

Swann had canceled a trip to Denver this week, but was persuaded by Broncos coach Mike Shanahan to go west. That trip, according to Zucker, replaced one to Baltimore. Zucker said Swann plans to make a decision by the end of the week.

The Ravens are attempting to arrange for a visit by another free-agent defensive tackle, Gilbert Brown.

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