View Full Version : Seahawks pulling out all the stops for Sharper..

Joe Seahawk
04-11-2005, 08:01 AM
I like the pumped in crowd noise thing.. ROFL

Linebacker may announce choice today following family huddle


KIRKLAND -- The Seahawks could know as early as today whether veteran linebacker Jamie Sharper will be joining them for the 2005 season.

Tony Agnone, Sharper's agent, said over the weekend he would like to have a deal done by today. Of course, that could change if none of the offers he has received are to his liking.

Sharper visited the Seahawks last week after first meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns also have expressed interest in Sharper, who was released April 1 by the Houston Texans.

If Sharper's choice is not the Seahawks, it's not for a lack of trying. The club didn't miss a recruiting trick during his visit. After being taken to dinner in a limousine Thursday night, Sharper toured Qwest Field on Friday morning. As he entered the stadium, his image was projected on the scoreboard screen, and he was greeted with piped-in crowd noise -- including chants of "Ja-mie, Ja-mie, Ja-mie."

Mother Nature even cooperated, as sunshine became part of Sharper's entourage while in town.

Sharper returned to his home in south Florida to discuss his options with his family. He is not married, but remains very close to his parents and siblings -- including his younger brother Darren, a former Green Bay Packers safety who recently signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

Sharper has made a habit of flying family members in for his games, and the distance to Seattle would make for a daunting commute.

Among Sharper's priorities are proximity for his family and familiarity for himself. He played for Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio while with the Baltimore Ravens. Sharper also wants to play for a team where he can make a difference, and inconsistent play by its injury-ravaged linebacking crew was a major factor in the Seahawks defense ranking 26th in the NFL last season.

Agnone has not ruled out any of the teams that have shown interest.

But the Bengals' initial contract offer was said to be less than Sharper was anticipating, and the word out of Cleveland is that the Browns no longer consider themselves in the picture.

Sharper, 30, was a second-round draft choice by the Ravens in 1997, but went to the Texans in the 2002 expansion draft. He played outside linebacker for five seasons with the Ravens and middle linebacker for three seasons with the Texans, missing only one start in eight seasons.


Joe Seahawk
04-11-2005, 11:03 AM
ESPN insider says Brown could be gone.. That would really dissapoint me.

Apr. 11 - Jamie Sharper's visit to Seattle went well, and contract talks are expected to heat up today, reports ESPN.com's John Clayton. The Bengals, Cowboys and possibly the Ravens are also pushing for the former Texans linebacker, who was released in a salary-cap move. Sharper is hoping to get $3.5 million a year in a deal. His consistent ability to make over 100 tackles a season makes him one of the best options on the market.

Apr. 11 - Linebacker Chad Brown's career in Seattle appears to be coming to an end, reports ESPN.com's John Clayton. Brown is scheduled to make $4.1 million in '05. The Seahawks want to cut him to $1 million; Brown is willing to go to $2 million. The Seahawks don't seem to be budging on their low demand and it looks as though Brown could join Anthony Simmons on the street. Starting middle linebacker Orlando Huff left in free agency for Arizona.

Brown is considered the best Seattle free-agent signing ever. He agreed to a six-year, $24 million deal in 1997 and stayed for eight seasons.

04-11-2005, 11:06 AM
could be the next bozworth for you guys

04-11-2005, 11:06 AM
Hey Chad Brown, Welcome to Arrowhead....

04-11-2005, 11:09 AM
2 mil? Hell, lets pick HIM up...:shrug:

Mr. Laz
04-11-2005, 12:26 PM
2 mil? Hell, lets pick HIM up...:shrug:

we are no longer in the linebacker market

04-11-2005, 01:59 PM
"Ch-ad Ch-ad"

04-11-2005, 02:20 PM
Normally, I wouldn't touch a 34 year old, injury prone FA with a 10 foot pole, but Chad Brown was a monster in their playoff loss to the Rams. It would all depend on the physical as to whether I'd give him $2 mil per.

Joe Seahawk
04-11-2005, 03:28 PM


04-11-2005, 04:54 PM
f*ck you, seattle seahags


Tribal Warfare
04-11-2005, 05:08 PM
well the Derrick Johnson tradeup idea looks better and better