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Ogden confident new deal will get done

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Negotiations on a contract extension for Jonathan Ogden have advanced to a discussion on language and structure, the Ravens' Pro Bowl left tackle said yesterday.

"My guess is everything's done, but the problem is trying to work out language," he said. "[Agent] Marvin [Demoff] told me he doesn't think it's a money issue [any longer]. It's more how it will be structured."

The Ravens have been negotiating - on and off - with Demoff for several months on a contract that will make Ogden, 26, the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL. The deal is not likely to be completed before next week.

Ogden is expected to average $7 million on a six-year extension, with a $12 million signing bonus. Tony Boselli of the Jacksonville Jaguars got a four-year, $26 million extension in 1999.

"It'll be good to get it done," Ogden said. "Financially, you'll be set and not have to worry. I'd be lying if I said I don't play for money at all, but I started playing football because I enjoyed it, and I still enjoy it. It's fun."

Demoff was unavailable for comment.

Jamal Lewis going live

Wanting to get a "taste" of live action before the Ravens open the regular season on Sept. 3, rookie running back Jamal Lewis will have his preseason baptism against the New York Giants tomorrow night with perhaps as many as six plays.

"I want to get a couple of protections, a couple of runs to get the live effect that you can't get in practice," Lewis said. "I'm trying to get as much accomplished as I can. I can't get too much accomplished in that amount of plays, but I'm going to do the best I can."

Lewis had been sidelined most of preseason after dislocating his left elbow on July 28 in a scrimmage against the Washington Redskins.

"If he can get bounced around a little, I'm going to feel a lot better about it," said coach Brian Billick.

End zone

Upset with the focus of the team - particularly on offense - Billick lectured the Ravens at the end of yesterday's practice. ... Linebacker Jamie Sharper (knee) won't play in tomorrow's game. ... The Ravens will take the train to New Jersey this afternoon, and hold a walk-through tonight at the Giants' practice facility at the Meadowlands. ... Fox Sports anchorman James Brown watched practice yesterday and sat in on offensive and defensive meetings.

Sun staff writer Jamison Hensley contributed to this article.

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