QB Stewart not on Ravens' wish list

Team sources say priority is getting Blake re-signed

Pro Football

February 14, 2003|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

Although it has been reported that the Ravens would be a possible suitor for quarterback Kordell Stewart, the team's top priority remains re-signing quarterback Jeff Blake to a multi-year deal, team sources said.

Stewart, who was the Pittsburgh Steelers' starter before losing the job to Tommy Maddox after the third game last season, will be released at the end of this month to help the team get under the $75 million salary cap.

Stewart, 30, was scheduled to earn $6.3 million in salary next season.

The Ravens are forbidden by league rules to comment on whether they will pursue Stewart until he is released, but team sources say there is little interest in signing him.

Although the Ravens will look at such other projected free-agent quarterbacks as the Arizona Cardinals' Jake Plummer, the New Orleans Saints' Jake Delhomme and the Denver Broncos' Brian Griese, the most likely scenario has the Blake-Chris Redman combination returning for another season.

The Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins are projected to be the top suitors for Stewart.

Stewart was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2001 after leading the Steelers to the AFC championship game.

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