Ja. Lewis talks near end zone

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Top pick's agent meets with Moriarty in Florida

July 21, 2000|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,SUN STAFF

Pat Moriarty, chief negotiator for the Ravens, took a flight to Boca Raton, Fla., yesterday to launch what the team hopes is the final round of negotiations with first-round draft choice Jamal Lewis.

Moriarty was due to meet with Mitch Frankel, Lewis' representative, last night.

Once the meeting was arranged Wednesday, Frankel submitted two proposals to the Ravens in an attempt to facilitate talks.

Lewis, a running back from Tennessee, was the fifth pick in April's draft. Three of the four picks ahead of him are signed, and the fourth, the Washington Redskins' LaVar Arrington, is close to an agreement.

Meanwhile, the Ravens are waiting a response from Travis Taylor's agent on a proposal they submitted Monday to the 10th pick in the draft.

Taylor was the third receiver taken in the drain, and the first two have signed. Peter Warrick, the fourth pick, signed with the Cincinnati Bengals in June, and Plaxico Burress, the eighth pick, signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday.

Burress reportedly got a five-year deal worth $8.67 million. He and linebacker Brian Urlacher, the ninth pick, both received $5.5 million signing bonuses, which means Taylor's signing bonus likely will be around $5.4 million, depending on the length of contract.

To create salary cap room to get their top two picks signed, the Ravens have been working to restructure the contract of line-backer Ray Lewis. In the meantime, they've informed Pro Bowl tackle Jonathan Ogden that they'll resume negotiations on his contract extension once the rookies arc signed.

Goose getting close

Negotiations continue on a contract extension for defensive tackle Tony Siragusa, whose agent said the two sides were very close to an agreement.

"All indications are, he'll be there [for the opening of training camp Sunday night]," said Terry Lavenstein. "It's not our intention to hold out. We're not playing that game."

Lavenstein submitted a proposal to the Ravens vice president for player personnel Ozzie Newsome on Wednesday, and the two talked yesterday.

Meanwhile, one defensive tackle who won't be in Westminster on Sunday is former Green Bay Packers run stuffer Gilbert Brown. After talking with Brown's agent, Newsome said Brown would not be in for a physical until next week, if at all. Brown had family considerations to address.

Et cetera

Still filling out their training camp roster, the Ravens signed linebacker Anthony Davis, a seven-year veteran who played last season with Green Bay.

Davis, 31, was used sparingly by the Packers. He played in 14 games with one start and had 14 tackles. In four previous seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, he averaged 60 tackles per season. Joel Kitay, manager of broad-casting, internet and video production for the Ravens, has won his second regional Emmy Award in the general category of "Audio: electronic News Gathering." Kitay and former Ravens employee Adam Oberfeld shared the honor for the capture and use of sound in the weekly show, "Report from the Ravenszone," for the 1999 season.

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