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Free-agent defensive tackle Tony Siragusa, whom the Ravens are pursuing to upgrade their interior line, is scheduled to take a physical during a visit with the team today.

Siragusa, a seven-year veteran who has played exclusively with the Indianapolis Colts and has developed into the one of the league's more dependable run stoppers, has talked with the Colts, Oakland, Cincinnati and Atlanta.

"This will work out in the next couple of days with someone," said Gus Sunseri, Siragusa's agent.

Siragusa, 6 feet 3, 320 pounds, missed five games last year after having arthroscopic knee surgery. He already has turned down a multi-year offer from the Colts averaging in the $1.2 million range.

"We just want to bring him in and check [the knee] out, just to make sure it's all right. We don't want to go into the draft without knowing his physical condition," said Ravens coach Ted

Marchibroda, who coached Siragusa from 1992-95 in Indianapolis.

"I've always been fond of Goose. He's an excellent player and a fine individual," Marchibroda added. "He's a very strong, powerful tackle who can control the line of scrimmage and keep lineman off of [Ravens middle linebacker] Ray Lewis."

The Ravens already have signed Michael McCrary to fill a pass rushing need at right end.

The Ravens also have created additional salary cap room by signing defensive tackle James Jones to a contract extension through next season. Jones, who originally would have become a free agent after this year, agreed to a two-year, $1.65 million deal that includes a $600,000 signing bonus and a base salary of $200,000 for 1997. The deal saves the Ravens $300,000 in cap funds for this season. They are now $2.7 million under the cap.

Team owner Art Modell said veteran left defensive end Rob Burnett is another target for restructuring. Burnett, who is recovering from a knee injury that sidelined him for the last 11 games of the 1996 season, is signed through 1999 and is due to earn $1.5 million in base salary this year. His cap number for 1997 is $3.21 million. That number increases to $3.51 million next year and $3.57 million in 1999.

Pub Date: 4/18/97

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