Broncos reject Ravens' Gary bid

T. Davis' status blocked possible deal, source says

October 24, 2001|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

As the NFL's trading deadline passed yesterday afternoon, the Ravens could only reflect on their missed opportunity.

The Ravens will be forced to stay with their backfield of Terry Allen and Jason Brookins after a deal for Denver backup running back Olandis Gary fell through.

According to a league source, the Broncos had initiated talks concerning Gary with the Ravens last week, and the teams had a framework in place for a deal around 5 p.m. Monday. The Ravens would have sent defensive tackle Lional Dalton and a second-round draft choice to Denver for Gary and a fourth-round pick.

But the Broncos backed out when they learned that Terrell Davis, who is out after knee surgery, may not be able to return this season, the source added.

It's the second time in six months that the Ravens have watched the Broncos bail out of a deal late. On draft day in late April, Denver was believed to be offering running back Mike Anderson for a second-round pick. After the Ravens agreed, the Broncos had a change of heart.

Gary, 26, gained 1,159 yards in 12 games after replacing the injured Davis in 1999. But last season, he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. In six games this year, he has produced 158 yards on 35 carries.

Ravens senior vice president of football operations Ozzie Newsome could not be reached to comment.

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