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Old 04-01-2005   #61
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This is bringing back the indigestion I got when I first heard about the Greenwood signing. If somebody's trying to tell me that Morlon freaking Greenwood is an upgrade over Jamie Sharper, they're nuts. (AND they didn't watch him as much as I did last year.) And spare me the "in the future" stuff...this team is nearing the end of its so-called 5 year plan and is actually giving away solid talent. I expected the Texans to contend for their division this year and have seen little in this offseason to inspire confidence.

We got younger. We got quicker. But did we get BETTER?
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This is bringing back the indigestion I got when I first heard about the Greenwood signing. If somebody's trying to tell me that Morlon freaking Greenwood is an upgrade over Jamie Sharper, they're nuts. (AND they didn't watch him as much as I did last year.) And spare me the "in the future" stuff...this team is nearing the end of its so-called 5 year plan and is actually giving away solid talent. I expected the Texans to contend for their division this year and have seen little in this offseason to inspire confidence.

We got younger. We got quicker. But did we get BETTER?
I second what Exile just said. Something had to have happened that we aren't in on. When the season ended, I don't think the first thing that came to mind was "let's get rid of Sharper to improve the team next year". .. Guess we'll never know what happened.
All the best to Jamie for his hard work and dedication to the Texans. I'm sure he will land on his feet and give some other team some exciting football like he gave us. Thanks for the memories! I am sad.
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I still think that there was something going on between Sharper and the coaches/front office or that something happened between them. To just give him permission to seek a trade and them dump him without getting anything in return is just weird, or maybe the front office actually think this move is for the best for some reason. I mean Sharper was the heart of our defense IMO.
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Here is a thought as to why the Front Office let Sharper go, but be forewarned it is stupid...oh well it is the doldrums of the off-season.

The front office respected Sharper enough that they granted him his wish for a relatively quick release. They decided he deserved a fare shot of landing on a team before the draft, thus in doing so, the Texans make themselves out as a top notch organization that players and their agents are drawn to. We get no real dividends at the present, but we get preference from FAs in the future. This type of "respect" towards players along with our willingness to give FAs a tidy sum without much hassle could help land us some good FAs in the future.
I am really reaching here to try and see something positive out of not getting any picks.
I figure, if I were looking for a place to work, I would go to an organization like the Texans before I went elsewhere. Granted the team has to be a winner.

Okay sorry for wasting y'alls' time with that one.
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Any chance they will try to re-sign him to a new contract if no one else offers him what he wants?
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there is zero chance that we resign him. Although we didn't get any real trade offers, many teams have been anticipating that we would just release sharper. I expect at least three teams to make a move at sharper now and he will be signed away very soon.
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Any idea what he did to piss off the front office and make this move inevitable?
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Here is a clue...

Player Salary
1. Ray Lewis, Baltimore $6.93 million
2. Brian Urlacher, Chicago $6.16
3. Jamie Sharper, Houston $6.13
4. LaVar Arrington, Washington $5.63
5. Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay $4.91

Sharper is not in their class. Not sure of the absolute accuracy in his cap numbers, but he was really simply a cap casualty.

http://profootballsalarycap.blogspot.com/
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This is news to me. I can't believe it. :-< Well, I wish him well where ever he ends up.
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This is bringing back the indigestion I got when I first heard about the Greenwood signing. If somebody's trying to tell me that Morlon freaking Greenwood is an upgrade over Jamie Sharper, they're nuts. (AND they didn't watch him as much as I did last year.) And spare me the "in the future" stuff...this team is nearing the end of its so-called 5 year plan and is actually giving away solid talent. I expected the Texans to contend for their division this year and have seen little in this offseason to inspire confidence.

We got younger. We got quicker. But did we get BETTER?
Yes we did get better, just for the simple fact that we are trying to construct a lb core that will be playing together for years to come. From day one I have looked at all the players the texans took in the expansion draft simply as temporary spot fillers. Yes I have become attached to some of these players, but they are not part of our future, and yes you have to think about the future. Jamie sharper isn't going to be the difference of this team winning the super bowl or not next year and there is no way we would be able to sign him after next season. So the best thing to do is to go ahead and find and groom his replacement, so when this team is ready to go to the playoffs he will be ready also. This is also why I was upset with the G. Walker signing and skeptical of the Payne signing, the Dline is where we need to focus next. Look we have already overhauled the offense with youth, now we are doing it to the defense. I like this move, it shows that the front office doesn't just want to have a chance to be a contender for next season, but they are putting the players in place that will give us the chance to be contenders for years to come.
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Derrick Johnson?
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derrick johnson seems like the perfect fit I am just weary of trading up to get him, I hate handing over draft picks.
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I'll tell you what Vinny... Babin and Peek, pash rush specialist on the outside, teamed with Morlon Greenwood and Thomas Davis at ILB... that looks promising.
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I would be happy drafting Thomas Davis and converting him to ILB. Derrick Johnson could very well turn into a superstar, but we have too many holes to give away that many picks, if indeed we trade up for a high price. I just hope Casserly said something to himself other than "He costs too much," when he made this decision. I'd like to think that he was thinking, "We can get player X for a reasonable cost, improve our defense in the long run, and save some cash."
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DJ is one of the only, if not THE only sure pick in this year's draft...
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DJ is one of the only, if not THE only sure pick in this year's draft...
there are plenty of high quality linebacker prospects in this draft. You don't always have to take the #1 rated at the position. AJ was the second reciever taken and Dunta was the 2nd cb taken and look how great they have become. Yes it would be great to draft johnson, I just don't think it is worth trading up.
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That's not what I am saying, there are lots of quality players in this draft, but DJ is a sure thing, and I would rather not trade up for him either. Personally I think we should trade down and take an O lineman...
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If you want to think outside the box, Thomas Davis is nearly the perfect candidate to be an inside linebacker in our scheme if we cannot find a way to land DJ.
Alright now you guys are teasing me.
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Yea, while drafting an OL isn't the "sexy" pick, it can be the smart one if you get a good value at your turn. I think I forget how horrible and debilitating our O-Line is a little bit every off-season, hopefully we can address it somewhat this year.
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I also think we should trade down. The 13 pick is a great spot to have because as of right now nobody know who is really the cream of the crop in this years draft so there could be a really elite player that falls to us, also if nobody does fall to us we could simply trade down a few spots and still fill our needs. People get confused, this is not a shallow draft it is just a draft that doesn't have STAND out players, but other than that the players that are available in rnd 1 our very solid and are pretty much near the same level. It is almost like each of the first 6 players in the draft could of been taken #1 ovrl. I just think, because of this it is to risky to trade up in this years draft.
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