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Woodrow Call
03-10-2005, 10:08 AM
A couple more good OLB could be free also talks about Caver.
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/sports/3077869

Tandem to Texans: Please release us
LBs Sharper, Foreman want to seek other teams before market dries up
By CARLTON THOMPSON
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle
RESOURCES

Jamie Sharper and Jay Foreman have had a week to gauge the market and get their thoughts together after the Texans gave both linebackers permission to seek a trade.

Not surprisingly, both players have reached the same conclusion. If deals can't be worked out in the next couple of days, Sharper and Foreman want to be released, which would make them unrestricted free agents and theoretically give them a better opportunity to catch on elsewhere while teams still have space under the salary cap.

Sharper, speaking publicly for the first time since being given permission to seek a trade, seemed resigned to leaving Houston after leading the team in tackles two of the last three years. Both he and Foreman expressed appreciation for their teammates and fans and regret they weren't able to lead the Texans into the playoffs.

"I've had some time to take it all in, and I'm ready to move on," Sharper said. "We're trying to work out a trade, but it's not looking like that's going to happen. I respect the fact they gave me an opportunity to seek a trade, but if it can't happen in the next couple of days, I need to be released."

Sharper said he met with Texans general manager Charley Casserly on Monday and was told it's possible the Texans could hold on to him until they see how the roster looks after the draft.

"I don't think that would be fair," Sharper said. "That's where we have a difference of opinion."

Casserly declined comment.

Last week's signing of free-agent inside linebacker Morlon Greenwood was the catalyst for the current status of Sharper and Foreman. Next month's draft is deep at the inside and outside linebacker positions, and the Texans might believe they can get younger and more cap-friendly talent.

Sharper and Foreman would account for $8.34 million toward the Texans' salary cap in 2005, $6.13 million of which is attributed to Sharper, who said restructuring his contract was an option as recently as Monday. In the aftermath of Greenwood's signing, that no longer appears to be the case.

"I don't know," Sharper said when asked what changed. "I'm not in the front office or in their meetings. At one point, they wanted to work on an extension. Next thing, they said: 'You can seek a trade.' It came out of nowhere."

Although both players might get shut out in the trade market, it will be more difficult for Foreman, who is recovering from an ankle injury that caused him to miss the final five games of last season. Because he believes he'll eventually be released, Foreman would prefer the Texans do it sooner rather than later.

"In my case, with me rehabbing, saying I can seek a trade that's saying to other teams that they're going to release me anyway," Foreman said. "The best thing for me is to just get released. If I can't get traded in the next two or three days, I need to look for something better. I'm not at a point in my career where I'm a backup.

"I guess I'm not in their plans. You'd like to be here to see this team turn the corner, but obviously that's changed."

The Texans signed four players Wednesday, including unrestricted free-agent cornerback Lewis Sanders, a fourth-round pick of the Browns in 2000. Sanders has started nine career games, including the last five of the 2004 season. He likely will compete for the dime back job, which could close the door on free agent Kenny Wright's three-year stint in Houston.

The Texans also re-signed free agents Jason Simmons, Corey Sears and Jarrod Baxter and are believed to be interested in linebacker Quinton Caver, a second-round pick of the Eagles in 2001. Caver, who has four career starts, has spent the past three seasons in Kansas City.
Receiver Corey Bradford, who visited Detroit on Tuesday and Wednesday, is scheduled to meet with the Giants this weekend. Safety Marlon McCree, who is looking for a starting position and likely will sign elsewhere, is being wooed by Carolina.

Also, long snapper Bryan Pittman, who was charged with driving while intoxicated last season, was found not guilty Wednesday.

Rain Man
03-10-2005, 10:11 AM
Is Caver a free agent? I'm out of touch.

Mr. Laz
03-10-2005, 10:16 AM
Is Caver a free agent? I'm out of touch.

restricted ... Quinton Caver RFA Chiefs

http://www.theredzone.org/2005/freeagents/showposition.asp?Position=LB


depending on what kind of offer the chiefs made they could be due compensation if caver signs with houston.

how freakin' outstanding would it be if we recoup our 3rd round from caver signing. :p :p

Hoover
03-10-2005, 10:17 AM
I wonder if Sharper woudl come cheap?

HC_Chief
03-10-2005, 10:18 AM
They can have him.

Chiefnj
03-10-2005, 10:20 AM
I wonder if Sharper woudl come cheap?

He is a great linebacker. Why would he come cheap?

Hoover
03-10-2005, 10:26 AM
He is a great linebacker. Why would he come cheap?
Well by Cheap I mean a deal with a low Signing Bonus.

HC_Chief
03-10-2005, 10:30 AM
Well by Cheap I mean a deal with a low Signing Bonus.

Why would anyone want to do that? Makes more sense to have a HUGE signing bonus and tiny annual salary. The SB can be amortized over the length of the contract.

bricks
03-10-2005, 10:31 AM
I would love to have Jamie Sharper on this team! Make a deal Carl!!!

PHOG
03-10-2005, 10:31 AM
Sharper would be a good option as an OLB.

If he were to be released.

Anybody know how young he is? :shrug:

shaneo69
03-10-2005, 10:36 AM
restricted ... Quinton Caver RFA Chiefs

http://www.theredzone.org/2005/freeagents/showposition.asp?Position=LB


depending on what kind of offer the chiefs made they could be due compensation if caver signs with houston.

how freakin' outstanding would it be if we recoup our 3rd round from caver signing. :p :p

Caver's unrestricted. The Red Zone is wrong about as often as they're right. Peterson mentioned we only had 4 restricted FA's in his salary cap article----Easy, Fujita, Harts, and Boerigter. And Caver's listed as a UFA on ESPN...

http://proxy.espn.go.com/nfl/fa

Woodrow Call
03-10-2005, 10:39 AM
Sharper would be a good option as an OLB.

If he were to be released.

Anybody know how young he is? :shrug:

He is 30. I would love to get him or Simmons.

PHOG
03-10-2005, 10:45 AM
He is 30. I would love to get him or Simmons.
Yeah well, I'm still holding out for Hartwell, but Sharper would HAVE to be released first for him to be considered as a Plan B option, IMO.

Simmons is a good LB when healthy, which hasn't been very much.

Woodrow Call
03-10-2005, 10:48 AM
Yeah well, I'm still holding out for Hartwell, but Sharper would HAVE to be released first for him to be considered as a Plan B option, IMO.

Simmons is a good LB when healthy, which hasn't been very much.

Hartwell is still my 1st choice but if he goes elsewhere Simmons could be a cheap solution. He would be a gambe but worth it IMO.

jspchief
03-10-2005, 11:09 AM
Sharper would be nice. He's a better fit for our needs that Hartwell. Picking him up would allow us to leave Bell at his natural position.