View Full Version : Anyone else think we should trade for Jamie Sharper?

Hammock Parties
03-04-2005, 10:06 AM
We have a need at OLB and he'd fit the bill. Texans are looking to trade him.


Texans pick up depth at LB
Greenwood signs; Sharper could be traded
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

The Texans have three starting inside linebackers to fill two spots after signing free agent Morlon Greenwood on Thursday. Depending on your perspective, the Texans have the quality depth they've long sought at the position or a logjam that must be alleviated.

The latter seems to be the case.

Sources said Thursday night that linebacker Jamie Sharper has been given permission to seek a trade, a move that would clear space at an overstocked position and rid the Texans of Sharper's $6.13 million salary-cap hit for 2005, the final year of Sharper's five-year contract the Texans acquired from Baltimore in the 2002 expansion draft.

Texans coach Dom Capers said Greenwood, who signed a five-year, $22.5 million contract with a $7 million signing bonus, would play one of the two inside linebacker positions, but Capers had not decided if it would be on the strong side, where Jay Foreman has played the past three seasons, or the weak side, which has been occupied by Sharper.

There also has been speculation about a possible move inside for outside linebacker Kailee Wong, raising questions about the status of Foreman, who could be aimed toward the same path as Sharper.

But the Texans denied an Internet report that Wong has been told he'll be moved inside next season. Wong also said the report was inaccurate.

This much is certain: The Texans didn't give Greenwood, 26, a $7 million signing bonus to be a reserve, and he will start at one of the two inside positions.

"It gives us a lot more possibilities," Capers said of adding Greenwood, 6-0 and 238 pounds. "Every year we've been here, we've had more variations, more possibilities. Morlon's speed and athletic ability may give us a chance to do some things we couldn't do last year. Any time you have speed and quickness, you upgrade your chances to make plays on defense."

The Texans, who announced the re-signing of nose tackle Seth Payne on Thursday, have placed an emphasis on adding speed to their defense over the past two offseasons, acquiring players such as Antwan Peek, Dunta Robinson and Jason Babin. Speed and cover ability are said to be among Greenwood's biggest strengths. As for which position he plays, Greenwood said it didn't matter.

"I'll leave it up to the coaches," Greenwood said. "Wherever they want me, wherever I'm needed, I'm going to play to the best of my abilities. I can't wait to get started. Obviously, they've done their research. They told me more about myself than I even knew."

Greenwood started at strong-side outside linebacker in the Dolphins' 4-3 scheme during his first three seasons and most of last year.

He was switched to the weak side after Junior Seau was lost for the season and saw a spike in his production, finishing with double-digit tackles in each of Miami's last six games.

The key was becoming an every-down player after Seau's injury.

Capers also considers Greenwood an every-down player and believes the linebacker will adapt well to a new system.

"When I was in Miami, coach (Jim) Bates (Greenwood's former defensive coordinator) said he never had a player learn the defense as fast as I did," Greenwood said.

Greenwood, who was an All-Big East performer at Syracuse, was a four-year starter on a Dolphins defense that typically has been among the best in the NFL. Born in Jamaica, Greenwood has been in the United States since he was 11, and he will become a U.S. citizen in April.

"I've been trying to become a citizen since I got drafted," he said. "Football takes so much of your time, I haven't been able to do it. America has been very good to me.

"I'm going to enjoy that when I raise my hand and become a citizen. That will be special, but it doesn't mean I've forgotten Jamaica because you never forget where you come from."

Sharper, who likely would have to negotiate a contract with a new team before a trade was finalized, has been one of the Texans' defensive leaders.

Sharper has missed just one start in his eight-year career and has started all 48 games for the Texans, posting the three best single-season tackle totals of his career. He tied for fifth in the AFC with 7 1/2 tackles for losses.

Mr. Kotter
03-04-2005, 10:07 AM
If the Surtain deal falls through, this wouldn't be a bad option B....to fill the Will position. :hmmm:

Although, that is a lot of money....

The Bad Guy
03-04-2005, 10:09 AM
I'd offer them a 4th this year and a 3rd next year.

Sharper is a stud OLB that NEVER comes off the field.

Hammock Parties
03-04-2005, 10:09 AM
Obviously we can't afford the 6.13 million dollar cap hit...he'd need a contract extension.

03-04-2005, 10:09 AM
If we can get Rolle and Hartwell, adding Sharper would be the icing on the cake.

Hammock Parties
03-04-2005, 10:10 AM
I'd offer them a 4th this year and a 3rd next year.

Sharper is a stud OLB that NEVER comes off the field.

Yep, he's been consistent on the numbers almost every year...racks up alot of tackles. Good pass rusher, too.

Dr. Johnny Fever
03-04-2005, 10:11 AM
Jamie Sharper would be a great addition imo... All of you remember the 37 Forever weekend game vs. the Texans..? I still have the P.A. announcer's voice ringing in my hears...."Jamie Sharper on the tackle..." That guy is everywhere on the feild. I remember making a comment to my wife during the game about how many tackles he was making. I'd love to have him, I really feel he's one of the truly under-rated players in the league.