Source: Trade for Eagles' Simon unlikely

Ravens, agent far apart on possible contract terms


April 05, 2005|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

The Ravens and Eagles have discussed the possibility of a trade involving Philadelphia defensive tackle Corey Simon, but the proposed deal that would stand to benefit both organizations is all but dead, according to a league source.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome would not verify that his team was considering acquiring Simon, one of the league's best interior pass rushers, but did say he recently has discussed making a trade with a number of teams.

"I'm always looking to upgrade the quality of our football team," Newsome said. "I have trade discussions with teams daily."

The talks were more with Simon's agent, Roosevelt Barnes, than with the Eagles, and broke off last night with the two sides millions of dollars apart on a potential new contract, according to a source. Barring a major concession by one side, Simon is unlikely to be a Raven next season.

Newsome would not discuss what the Ravens would have given up in the trade, but another league source close to the Eagles confirmed that Philadelphia wanted a second-round pick this year and a third-round pick in 2006, or a third-round pick this year and a second-round pick in 2006.

That would be a hefty price for a player who is not under a multiyear deal.

"We will not make a trade with a player with one year left on his contract," Newsome said.

Trading Simon, 28, would give the Eagles three selections in the second or third rounds, plus three other first-day choices, as well as alleviate the team's logjam at tackle. The Eagles want to give more playing time to third-year player Sam Rayburn, and they still have veterans Hollis Thomas, Paul Grasmanis and Darwin Walker in the rotation.

Eagles officials did not comment on the possible trade, and Barnes did not return phone calls.

Simon had 32 tackles and 5 1/2 sacks last season, third on the Eagles. The club designated him as its franchise player in February to keep him off the free-agent market after failing to reach a long-term contract, and he is scheduled to make $5.13 million this season.

The sixth overall pick in the 2000 draft, Simon (6 feet 2, 293 pounds) has 37 1/2 career sacks, second in Eagles history for a tackle.

"Hopefully I'll end up back in Philly with a long-term deal," Simon told WCAU-TV in Philadelphia.

Signing Simon probably would mean giving him a bonus between $7 million and $10 million. The Ravens have handed out a combined $17 million in bonus money to acquire receiver Derrick Mason and cornerback Samari Rolle this offseason.

The Ravens also have to work on extensions for running back Jamal Lewis and tight end Todd Heap, whose contracts will expire at the end of the 2005 season.

NOTES: The Ravens have inquired about free-agent linebacker Jamie Sharper, according to his agent. Sharper played five years with the Ravens and three with the Houston Texans before becoming a cap casualty last week. He will visit the Seattle Seahawks and hopes to have a contract by the end of the week. A reunion with the Ravens appears unlikely. ... Former Ravens defensive end Marques Douglas will visit with the San Francisco 49ers later this week. Douglas, who is not expected to re-sign with the Ravens, also has met with the Cleveland Browns.

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