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Colts Trade Harbaugh To Ravens

February 14, 1998

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Quarterback Jim Harbaugh was traded by the Indianapolis Colts to the Baltimore Ravens today for two draft choices.

In addition to Harbaugh, the Ravens acquired a fourth-round choice from the Colts in April’s NFL draft. The Colts received Baltimore’s third- and fourth-round draft choices.

Harbaugh highlighted his four-year stay with the Colts by leading the club to the 1995 AFC championship game.

Harbaugh earned the nickname ``Captain Comeback″ for his heroics when the Colts came within one play of reaching the Super Bowl two years ago. That game produced just the second postseason appearance since they moved from Baltimore in 1984.

Harbaugh was ineffective early last season, which the Colts ended 3-13 _ their worst record since 1991. He sustained ankle, hand and neck injuries and compiled a 86.2 quarterback rating, fifth in the AFC.

But Harbaugh’s 61.2 completion percentage was second only to San Francisco’s Steve Young.

By trading Harbaugh, the Colts will gain considerable room under the NFL salary cap with the removal of the $3.75 million salary Harbaugh would have earned under the third year of his contract.

Last season, Harbaugh was embarrassed by a dispute involving retired Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, who was working as an analyst for NBC-TTV. Harbaugh threw a punch at Kelly and broke a bone in his passing hand, losing $147,000 when he was relegated to the non-football injured list.

Harbaugh’s acquisition apparently dimmed Kelly’s hopes of making a comeback through the Ravens. He had been talking about coming out of retirement and contacts with Baltimore.

Vinny Testaverde, who had the Ravens’ starting job, had said he felt he was being pushing aside.

Ravens’ owner Art Modell said recently the club planned to bring Testaverde back, but could not guarantee him a starting job.

The Ravens last season finished last in the AFC Central Division with a 6-9-1 record.

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