- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 7, 2001

Elvis is in the building of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens agreed in principle to a five-year, $30 million contract with free agent Pro Bowl quarterback Elvis Grbac yesterday. Grbac's deal includes an $11 million signing bonus.
Grbac, who played for the Kansas City Chiefs last season, will arrive in Baltimore tomorrow to take a physical, sign the contract and meet with the media.
Grbac's agreement came just one day after Brad Johnson signed a five-year, $28 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"I think [Grbac] will give us that punch we need offensively to get back to the Super Bowl," coach Brian Billick told WBAL-TV.
Johnson appeared to be the Ravens' top choice mostly because of his relationship with Billick, who was Minnesota's offensive coordinator when Johnson was with the Vikings (1992-98). However, Johnson claimed to be disappointed by Baltimore's four-year, $22 million offer and ultimately signed with the Bucs, giving him a chance to play closer to his offseason home in Tallahassee, Fla.
In discussions with other teams, Grbac's agent, Jim Steiner, reportedly sought a five-year contract worth $40 million with a signing bonus of $20 million. The deal Steiner negotiated with the Ravens is considerably less than that.
"Winning is the only thing on his agenda playing in a Super Bowl and winning a Super Bowl," Steiner told the Associated Press.
Grbac, who turns 31 on Aug. 13, threw for a career-high 4,169 yards and 28 touchdowns with the Chiefs last season. He threw 50 touchdown passes in 31 starts the last two seasons.
Grbac's signing likely means the Ravens will not try to re-sign Trent Dilfer, who won his final 11 starts with the Ravens, including a 34-7 Super Bowl victory over the New York Giants.
Grbac will be the fifth starting quarterback in Billick's two years in Baltimore when he starts in the opener in September.
Ravens vice president of player personnel Ozzie Newsome made signing a quarterback the Ravens' No. 1 priority last week after the team released Tony Banks and elevated second-year man Chris Redman to backup.
Grbac wasted no time contacting the Ravens after he was released by the Chiefs. Grbac arrived in Baltimore on Friday and met with Billick and other Ravens officials. Grbac also traveled to Cincinnati to meet with the Bengals. The Bengals made a competitive offer to Grbac before terminating discussions Monday.
Meanwhile, Dilfer, who led the Ravens to the Super Bowl title just five weeks ago, could end up with the Bengals. Cincinnati wound up with Ravens reject Scott Mitchell as their starting quarterback by the end of last season.
Grbac instantly upgrades the Ravens offense, which was ranked 16th in the NFL, including 22nd in passing. Grbac was considered the top free agent quarterback available.
Grbac joined the Chiefs as an unrestricted free agent in 1997 after spending the first four seasons of his career with the San Francisco 49ers. Grbac is entering his ninth NFL season with 1,181 completions for 13,741 yards, 84 touchdowns and 63 interceptions.
In four seasons with the Chiefs, Grbac posted a 25-20 record as a starter. He went 6-3 in nine games for the 49ers from 1994 to 1996. His quarterbacks coach with the 49ers in 1996 was current Ravens offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh.


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