Sharper team tour to begin in Seattle


Linebacker hopes to stay a Raven

radio deal OK'd

Pro Football

March 06, 2001|By Ken Murray and Jamison Hensley | Ken Murray and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

Unrestricted free agent Jamie Sharper will visit the Seattle Seahawks today and the Miami Dolphins on Thursday, but his first choice remains the Ravens.

"Our first priority is still to get a deal with Baltimore," Sharper's agent, Tony Agnone, said yesterday. "But you have to understand the market is much quicker than it was in the past. In case you don't get anything done [with the Ravens], you've got to protect yourself."

Sharper, a four-year starting linebacker for the record-setting defense of the Ravens, also has tentative plans to visit the Carolina Panthers later in the week, and might also visit the Cleveland Browns, even though they recently signed outside linebacker Dwayne Rudd.

Agnone said Sharper has turned down one offer already, although he declined to identify the team.

Strong safety Kim Herring, a four-year veteran and three-year starter with the Ravens, is visiting Seattle today as well.

Radio rights

Infinity Broadcasting has retained the radio rights for the Ravens, reaching a five-year deal with the Super Bowl champions.

Though all games will continue to be broadcast on WJFK (1300 AM), Infinity changed the Ravens' FM carrier to WQSR (105.7 FM), an oldies rock station. In the Ravens' first five years here, their games were on WLIF, which has an easy-listening format.

"It gives us a wonderful platform with the switch of FMs," Ravens team president David Modell said. "It gives us an opportunity to target the football-loving demographic. The station group gives us a lot of respectability, chances to cross-promote and provide some surprises along the way."

The Ravens and Infinity also indicated that they plan to keep intact the broadcasting team of play-by-play announcer Scott Garceau and color analyst Tom Matte.

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