Ravens, center Mitchell reach terms


Ravens starting center Jeff Mitchell, a restricted free agent, has agreed to a one-year tender offer worth $1 million for next season. The Ravens will probably sign Mitchell to a multi-year contract before the 2001 season.

The team also agreed in principle to a two-year deal with wide receiver/special teams performer Billy Davis worth nearly $1 million. The Davis agreement probably means that the team will not re-sign receiver Justin Armour. No. 3 quarterback Stoney Case also will probably not return to the Ravens, who chose Louisville quarterback Chris Redman in the third round of Saturday's draft.

Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens' vice president of player personnel, said the team will begin serious negotiations with special teams ace Bennie Thompson before the end of the week. Thompson is the only player of consequence unsigned.

"I think he definitely needs to get re-signed," said defensive end Michael McCrary. "He is the leader for the young kids on and off the field as well as a great performer on it. It would be a major loss not to sign him."

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