Oben, Ravens reach impasse

Pro Football

May 15, 2002|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

The Ravens and free-agent offensive tackle Roman Oben have reached a stalemate in contract negotiations.

Oben visited the team's Owings Mills complex early last week in the wake of offensive tackle Marcus Spears' surprise decision to back out of his agreement with the Ravens and re-sign with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Oben, a six-year veteran and starter the past two seasons with the Cleveland Browns before losing his job late last year, appeared to be the Ravens' choice to fill the hole at right tackle, but a deal no longer appears certain.

"It's just part of the process," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "A lot of people at this point wait for someone else to come riding in on a white horse. Teams wait to see what else might be available in June. We'd like to have signed Roman. But the timing is up to his agents. They know what our offer is. We don't have a lot of latitude right now. It is what it is, and they'll either move on it or they won't."

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