Ted Phillips

Modell says Newsome staying put

Ravens owner Art Modell headed off a raid of his management team yesterday, saying he would not grant the Chicago Bears permission to interview Ozzie Newsome or James Harris about a prospective general manager's job.

The Chicago Tribune reported yesterday that an executive search firm representing the Bears "has either contacted or made inquiries" about Newsome, the vice president of player personnel for the Ravens.

Newsome said he has not spoken to anyone regarding the Bears' opening. While Harris acknowledged he had been contacted about the vacancy, the Ravens' director of pro personnel refused to characterize himself as a candidate.

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