Billick expects Moon's answer by next week

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Ravens coach Brian Billick said he doesn't expect veteran quarterback Warren Moon to make a decision about joining the team in a backup capacity until the middle of next week.

Moon's agent, Leigh Steinberg, had previously said that Moon, 42, would make his decision by the end of this week, but there was no announcement yesterday.

Billick said he had spoken with Moon on Wednesday, and that the future Hall of Fame quarterback had come to grips with the fact that he might have to take a backup role around the league. The Ravens and the Kansas City Chiefs reportedly have made offers.

Moon would back up Scott Mitchell in Baltimore or Elvis Grbac in Kansas City.

"There are certain levels he had to get to, and this is the first time he has come to terms with the circumstances," Billick said. "He's waiting, and I think it's down to us and Kansas City. He is studying where his best chance is to come and play.

"I don't expect this guy to come in, lay down and surrender the position. But at the same time, he understands the parameters where he might play. He knows he has to be ready like Randall Cunningham was when he came to the Vikings."

Pub Date: 3/27/99

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