Ravens still in running for Steelers' Greene Team also interested in RBs Brown, Green


The agent for Kevin Greene said the Pittsburgh Steelers' All-Pro outside linebacker expects to complete a deal with a team within the next two weeks, and the Baltimore Ravens are still under consideration.

Agent Leigh Steinberg said he spoke with Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens' director of football operations, last Friday and expected negotiations to heat up since the draft was completed Sunday night.

Greene, 33, made about $1.7 million last season, but led the Steelers in sacks with nine for 62 yards lost. He had 49 tackles, 34 unassisted. Steinberg said Greene would like to reunite with Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis, Greene's linebackers coach in Pittsburgh the past three years.

Newsome has said the Ravens are close to the league's $40.8 million salary cap, and working out a deal with Greene might be a problem.

"The Ravens are having the same problems as a lot of teams," said Steinberg. "But we're flexible. We can make the deal salary-cap effective."

Greene's options may be limited because he is an outside linebacker who plays in a 3-4 defense, a scheme that is not as popular as it once was throughout the league.

Greene also is considering the Carolina Panthers. He is just one of numerous free agents the Ravens may look at or sign within the next two weeks.

Two running backs the Ravens are interested in are the Houston rTC Oilers' Gary Brown and the Cincinnati Bengals' Harold Green.

In another development, the Ravens will not have a practice open to the public when they begin a two-week camp Friday.

Team officials had thought about having an open practice Friday at Memorial Stadium, but the facility will not be ready, a spokesman said.

Pub Date: 4/23/96

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