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Broncos talk trade for Ravens' T. Jones Denver needs tackle to help protect Elway


INDIANAPOLIS -- The Denver Broncos are interested in trading for Ravens starting left offensive tackle Tony Jones, according to Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens' vice president of player personnel.

Newsome confirmed yesterday that he has spoken with the Broncos about Jones several times, but said the sessions were not serious. Jones, 30, has been the team's starting left tackle since 1991.

"We've talked about four or five times, but there has been nothing substantial," said Newsome. "We'll see what happens as things progress."

Jones became trade material immediately following the 1996 season. The Ravens were impressed with the development of rookie Jonathan Ogden at left guard, and felt it was time to move the former UCLA All-American back to his natural position at tackle.

Jones' age and his salary ($1.25 million base and $2.9 million cap value) also worked against him. Jones' agent, Tom Condon, did not return phone calls yesterday.

The Broncos became in need of a left tackle when 11-year veteran Gary Zimmerman, a seven-time All-Pro selection, announced his retirement at the end of the season. The Broncos need a veteran left tackle to protect John Elway.

When asked what the Ravens would ask for in return for Jones, Newsome said: "We're not close to that point yet."

Pub Date: 2/08/97

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