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Mr. Laz
04-04-2005, 11:39 AM
Team expects Sharper to visit this week

By José Miguel Romero
Seattle Times staff reporter

Jamie Sharper has drawn interest from eight teams.

The Seahawks want their shot at courting free-agent linebacker Jamie Sharper, and they just might get it soon.

Sharper is considering a visit to team headquarters this week. As of yesterday, the Seahawks were one of eight teams to have expressed interest in signing the 30-year-old linebacker cut Friday by the Houston Texans for salary-cap purposes.

Tony Agnone, Sharper's agent, spoke with Mike Reinfeldt, the Seahawks' vice president of football administration, by phone yesterday. Agnone said the Seahawks would like Sharper to meet with coaches and front-office staff and that "he'll probably end up doing it. He feels he owes it to himself."

Sharper, 6 feet 3 and 239 pounds, is a hot commodity because he has started all but one of 128 games he has played in the past eight seasons with Baltimore and Houston. An inside linebacker in Houston, he led the Texans in tackles in 2004 and 2002, and he has four straight seasons of 100-plus tackles.

The Seahawks need help at linebacker, having released Anthony Simmons and lost Orlando Huff in free agency.

Sharper is familiar with Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren from the free-agency period in 2001. Sharper went to Houston in the expansion draft after that season.

Agnone would like Sharper to make any visits as soon as possible and choose a team by the end of this week. Seattle is considered a longshot to acquire him, though a visit could change that.

Sharper would appear to be more interested in playing for a team led by a coach he knows well, such as Marvin Lewis in Cincinnati or Jack Del Rio in Jacksonville. Lewis was the defensive coordinator and Del Rio the linebackers coach in Baltimore when Sharper played there. Both teams have expressed interest, as have the Cleveland Browns.

Note

• The Seahawks' exhibition opener at New Orleans is Friday, Aug. 12, at 5 p.m. An announcement on the date and time of the second road exhibition game, at Kansas City, is expected today. Seattle's previously announced home games are against the Dallas Cowboys at 5 p.m. on Aug. 22 and against the Minnesota Vikings at 6 p.m. on Sept. 2.

José Miguel Romero: 206-464-2409 or jromero@seattletimes.com

dtrain
04-04-2005, 11:55 AM
Doesn't mention that the Chiefs are interested.

jAZ
04-04-2005, 12:08 PM
Kinda suggests that he's not interested in the Chiefs as well.

htismaqe
04-04-2005, 12:14 PM
We should take a flyer on Anthony Simmons...