Wednesday, March 31, 1999

Agent: Bengals close to deal with DeMarco




BY GEOFF HOBSON
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        One of the agents for Jacksonville offensive lineman Brian DeMarco says his client is close to a deal with the Bengals.

        “We're excited about it and hope it can get resolved in the next few days,” Michael Alm said Tuesday. “We still have to work out some details. I'd say we're close.”

        Even though DeMarco can play right tackle, the Bengals don't envision moving their right tackle, Willie Anderson, to left tackle. They see DeMarco as a right guard.

        But if DeMarco signs, it's still a question if left guard Rich Braham moves to centerand right guard Ken Blackman moves to left guard. There are those in the Bengals who hope Rod Payne, a third-round draft pick from 1997, can play center in place of Darrick Brilz, a free agent the club isn't pursuing.

        “I think it's unlikely we would move Willie,” said Bengals General Manager Mike Brown. “Right tackle fits his physical qualifications and we have other pressing needs. It's better if a guy stays in one place. They have to learn new things ... It looks like it should be easy, but it's not.”

       



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