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Tuesday - 3/12/2001

Pro Bowler Leon Searcy, who is considered to be the best right tackle in the NFL, has signed a six-year year contract with the Baltimore Ravens.

Searcy, who began his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, had started 111 of 112 games with the Steelers and the Jacksonville Jaguars before tearing his right quadriceps during training camp last season. Searcy moves to
another AFC Central team, having spent the last five years with the Jaguars, after four years with the Steelers.

"We said a few weeks ago that we don't believe we could repeat as Super Bowl Champions without upgrading our talent," said Vice President of Player Personnel Ozzie Newsome. "Leon is a significant upgrade for us."

"This helps in two ways. It lifts our offense while taking a significant player away from Jacksonville," Head Coach Brian Billick said.

Starting RG Mike Flynn has signed a three-year contract and is expected to move to Center next season. The Ravens waived CB Robert Bailey, DE Keith Washington, and WR Billy Davis, and rescinded an offer sheet to TE Pedro Edison. The team hopes to re-sign all these players prior to the start of the 2001 season.

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