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Ravens Sign Free Agent Harry Swayne

February 26, 1999

BALTIMORE (AP) _ Offensive tackle Harry Swayne, who started for Denver in last two Super Bowls, was signed by the Baltimore Ravens on Friday.

The Ravens, who lost starting right tackle Orlando Brown to expansion Cleveland, also signed tight ends Frank Wainright of the Miami Dolphins and Greg DeLong of Minnesota, and re-signed wide receiver Floyd Turner, who had 32 receptions and five touchdowns last season.

Swayne, 34, has appeared in three of the last four Super Bowls, twice on the winning side with the Broncos, and with San Diego in its loss in 1995.

``This is the most important signing we’ll have this offseason in terms of what it represents to the stability of the offense,″ coach Brian Billick said.

Swayne, 6-foot-5 and 293 pounds, plays both right and left tackle.

``He’s a player we targeted in free agency from the start, and we’re pleased he’s made the commitment to join us,″ said Ozzie Newsome, the Browns’ personnel director.

Swayne, who played at Rutgers, was a seventh-round pick of Tampa Bay in 1987 as a defensive end. He was shifted to offense in 1990.

In addition to Brown, the Ravens have lost guard Wally Williams to New Orleans, tight end Eric Green and defensive lineman Mike Fredrick to the New York Jets and defensive end James Jones to Detroit.

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