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Sapp and Lewis?

Postby redskincity » Fri Feb 13, 2004 10:07 pm

Ravens reportedly recruiting Sapp
Bucs not optimistic about retaining DT next season
Seven-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Warren Sapp might sign with the Ravens or another team in the offseason.
college teammate and fellow Pro Bowler may pry Warren Sapp away from the Bucs. A bunch of money doesn't hurt, either.

The St. Petersburg Times reported Friday that Sapp, a seven-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle from the University of Miami, is being recruited by former Hurricanes standout and Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. Baltimore, nearly $25 million below the salary cap, could reportedly offer Sapp more money were he to sign.

"I think Ray was doing a lot of recruiting at the Pro Bowl," Tampa Bay general manager Bruce Allen told the paper.

The recruitment seems to be going so well that Allen told the paper he is not optimistic about keeping Sapp with the Bucs.

Allen will meet again with Sapp's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis next week.

"It'd be a shame if he left for something that we could do," Allen told the paper.

Though he has been given no assurances, Allen is hopeful Sapp gives the Bucs a chance to match any offer he receives from another team.

"I believe so," Allen told the paper. "You don't know how it works sometimes. A team will challenge a player to sign right there without making a phone call. If not, maybe 20 years from now, I'll be hiring him. Doug (Williams) will have been gone by then and maybe (John) Lynch will have been in here in between. We'll see."
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