Bengals' Brown To Visit Baltimore To Discuss Move

Posted: June 08, 1995

Mike Brown, president and part owner of the Cincinnati Bengals, will meet with a Baltimore official this week to hear an offer designed to lure his team to Baltimore, a newspaper reported yesterday.

Maryland Stadium Authority Chairman John Moag Jr., charged with bringing NFL football back to Baltimore, is to represent that city in the meeting with Brown, the Cincinnati Post reported.

Moag, who has met with Brown before, declined to talk about the meeting. But asked if he could deny that a session with Brown is planned for this week, Moag said, "No, I cannot deny that."

Brown did not return a call to his Cincinnati office yesterday. It was unclear what day he would meet with Moag.

Brown has previously said he would meet at some time with Maryland officials. But he has said Cincinnati officials shouldn't view his trip to Baltimore as an indication that he has lost faith in Cincinnati's efforts.

Baltimore is considering whether to build a $200 million home for the Bengals or some other NFL team that wants to move.

Baltimore lost the Colts to Indianapolis in 1984 and has failed to land an expansion franchise. Maryland has earmarked money to buy the necessary bonds when or if a new football stadium is agreed upon.

"Our strategy is to find a team, sign a lease and build a new stadium," Moag said.

A regional task force of government and business leaders from the Cincinnati area and nearby parts of Kentucky and Indiana has spent months

discussing how to satisfy the stadium demands of the Bengals and their co- tenant in 25-year-old Riverfront Stadium, baseball's Cincinnati Reds. The task force is to make its recommendations this month.

Both the Reds and Bengals have been lobbying for new stadiums. Reds owner Marge Schott and Cincinnati business leaders said last week they will work together to design and build a new Reds stadium on an Ohio River shore site just west of Riverfront Stadium. The announcement left out the Bengals.

Brown has said Riverfront Stadium lacks enough seating and money-generating luxury skyboxes to support a modern NFL team. He has said the Bengals, who began play in 1968, will be unprofitable in a few years if they have to stay in Riverfront.

In other news:

STEELERS: ANDERSON REJECTS DEAL

Kicker Gary Anderson's 13-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers has apparently ended after he rejected a contract that would have paid him at least $525,000 per year. The Steelers have turned their attention to signing free agent kicker Dean Biasucci, of the Indianapolis Colts.

BRONCOS: SIGN TAMM

Ralph Tamm, a free-agent offensive lineman who was released by the San Francisco 49ers in May after failing a physical, signed with the Denver Broncos. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Tamm, from West Chester, is a seven-year NFL veteran. He injured his left foot in the opening game against the Los Angeles Raiders last season and was sidelined for the rest of the season.

COLTS: SIGN NO. 1 PICK

The Indianapolis Colts signed first-round pick Ellis Johnson, a defensive lineman from Florida and the 15th player selected in this year's draft. Terms were not disclosed. The Colts also re-signed defensive tackle Tony McCoy to a four-year contract.

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