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Harbaugh visits with Chargers

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Ravens quarterback Jim Harbaugh, who stands to lose his starting job if the team acquires Detroit quarterback Scott Mitchell, checked out a possible employment option by visiting the San Diego Chargers last night.

The Ravens, who are trying to swing a trade for Mitchell, already have talked with Harbaugh about becoming a backup here and taking a pay cut in the process. Harbaugh said he is comfortable with that scenario. In the meantime, the Ravens have given him permission to look elsewhere.

San Diego general manager Bobby Beathard called Ravens coach Brian Billick yesterday to inquire about Harbaugh, whom the Chargers view as a possible tutor for second-year quarterback Ryan Leaf. San Diego also has talked with Warren Moon, a free agent. Harbaugh, scheduled to earn a $3.25 million salary in 1999, remains under contract with the Ravens.

"What we've done is not unlike what Detroit did with Scott Mitchell. Until we determine which direction we want to go in [regarding quarterbacks], we don't want to hang Jim up," Billick said.

"There's a whole range of possibilities that could come out of this, and that doesn't preclude Jim from finding something else or still being a starter or a backup here. We wanted to give Jim the opportunity to see what's out there in the market."

Pub Date: 2/24/99

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