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Old 04-04-2005   #121
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Remember how we used to say, why aren't we blitzing more and how come Peek isn't in the game full time to blitz and Capers' reply was because we don't have the personnel to send blitzes all day? This could be it!
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Old 04-04-2005   #122
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I think that is on-target to some extent El T. It is hard to blitz when you get lit up in man coverage. Having a faster Buc linebacker (Greenwood) who can buy you another second or two will make a big difference. You are not going to send an extra man if you keep getting exposed in your coverages.
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I really did alot to figure out why this happened. I looked up past newspapers of mine to read articles that could've showed this coming, heck I even prayed about it. And all this old stuff was coming to me. That by far was the part that stuck out the most. Where towards the end of the season, Capers was having to defend coaching staffs and respond to questions about our blitzing absences.
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that is very true...i know capers is high on peek...read somewhere that capers thinks he is the best athlete we have at linebacker...the texans brass knows they need to get him into the games more...and with more playing time i think we'll see peek make smarter decisions during the games...at first i wasn't too happy with sharper release but we do need a strong leader on this defense...and you look back on the past three years did we ever see sharper leading this defense...no...it was always like a group going out there...wong is the closet thing to a leader that i've seen and that's not a good thing...my only question is if we do draft Derrick Johnson, who is a leader, what do we do with wong and peek...obviously it'll be johnson and greenwood inside with babin on oneside...do we just let wong and peek fight it out during training camp...or do we split the snaps each get directly in half til we find out who the better one is
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id say split it by defensives series, let peek have one and wong have the other and see whos more effective leading this unguided defense of ours.
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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.
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Wouldn't it be ironic with Sharper and DJ as Cleveland's opening day ILB's? I'm sure some of the Texan's fans were visualizing that as a possibility for us at the beginning of the offseason.
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Recently released LB Jamie Sharper hasn't ruled out a return to Baltimore, according to the Baltimore Sun. The team offered a deal to T.J. Slaughter, who would man the weakside linebacker position, but he continues to mull the deal over with his agent. There appears to be a lot of interest in Sharper, who is slated to visit with Seattle this week.
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The Seattle Times reports the Seahawks want their shot at courting free-agent LB 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."
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the texans are making a huge gamble on D. I think they are finally starting to remedy previous mistakes. I think they better draft a whole lot better in the next few yrs.
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the texans are making a huge gamble on D. I think they are finally starting to remedy previous mistakes. I think they better draft a whole lot better in the next few yrs.
Lets see I'm going to guess this is FBT from the jags board. I really wouldn't call it a huge gamble, the coaching staff obviously has a plan and feel confident that we will be okay without sharper, cause if they didn't they could of just had have him return next season. Second, have you paid attention to any of out drafts. Year 1 we get our franchise qb. Year 2 We draft the most talented young wr in the league who was in the running for R.O.Y and find a diamond in the later round (DD) who won R.O.Y honors. Year 3 we draft Dunta Robinson who had one of the best seasons of any cb in the league last year and should of won D.R.O.Y. and the fact that he didn't still upsets me and drafted J. Babin who is going to be a solid starter in the league for many years to come, also we found a solid starter at SS in the later rounds. While last year your team had a dreadful first round selection and reached on Reggie Williams, who many people are already calling a bust.
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Don't those 8 other teams know that he's all washed up at the old of 30?
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Don't those 8 other teams know that he's all washed up at the old of 30?
Apparently, all 8 knew he wasn't worth $5 million a year. Which is why none of them were willing to trade for him.
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Apparently, all 8 knew he wasn't worth $5 million a year. Which is why none of them were willing to trade for him.
Apparently the Dolphins didn't think Greenwood was worth $5 million a year either. Not too sure what the asking price was for Sharper, but apparently those 8 teams knew that Sharper was going to get cut since he was already in the doghouse. No need to trade when you can get him for free. Just good business sense, call me crazy.
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Apparently the Dolphins didn't think Greenwood was worth $5 million a year either. Not too sure what the asking price was for Sharper, but apparently those 8 teams knew that Sharper was going to get cut since he was already in the doghouse. No need to trade when you can get him for free. Just good business sense, call me crazy.

CRAZY! Look, a trade would secure him for a team. Any team that wanted him at that salary could've offered us a 6th round pick and would get him for sure- instead of having to bid against the entire league for his services. The fact is, nobody was willing to do that because of his contract situation... by the way, that's why he's not here anymore.

Regarding Greenwood, the contract is very cap friendly... He won't be making $5 million a year until the second half of his contract. If we cut him after his third season here, the cap hit would be about $2.5 million.
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The reason he is no here is because he is in the doghouse, not because of the $6 million price tag in the last year of his contract. Most contracts are backloaded so of course he is going to have this huge salary figure in the last year. Do you think that Greenwood is going to be worth the $6,300,000 price tag in HIS last year????? Oh, and go ahead a tack on Sharpers $1.375 million cost to our salary cap to Greenwoods salary because we let him go before the June 1. Sure it looks like we are saving money by releasing Sharper, but it's also leaving us with dead money, of which needs to accounted for. The Texans let it be known that he could seek a trade because they didn't want him back, if they did they could have signed him to a new contract. It's all smoke and mirrors to say they are upgrading the defense by bringing in Greenwood to replace Sharper, a guy like that just doesn't fall off in value like that that over 4 months.
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The reason he is no here is because he is in the doghouse, not because of the $6 million price tag in the last year of his contract. Most contracts are backloaded so of course he is going to have this huge salary figure in the last year. Do you think that Greenwood is going to be worth the $6,300,000 price tag in HIS last year????? Oh, and go ahead a tack on Sharpers $1.375 million cost to our salary cap to Greenwoods salary because we let him go before the June 1. Sure it looks like we are saving money by releasing Sharper, but it's also leaving us with dead money, of which needs to accounted for. The Texans let it be known that he could seek a trade because they didn't want him back, if they did they could have signed him to a new contract. It's all smoke and mirrors to say they are upgrading the defense by bringing in Greenwood to replace Sharper, a guy like that just doesn't fall off in value like that that over 4 months.
It's forward-looking. The Texans won't have Sharper next year... Therefore, Greenwood is a huge upgrade over a 32 year old veteran that would have to be overpaid to stay here next season. Regarding backloading contracts, that is my point. A five year contract usually isn't really that. When looking at the value of Greenwood's contract, look at the first three years and the signing bonus proration- it's a very friendly contract that gives the Texans flexibility and a LB who will be here through the prime years of his career.

How do you know why the Texans are releasing Sharper? I'd say there are more than one reason why. And part of it is his cap number this year and the fact that he won't be here next year.

Again, if he is worth the salary of his 05 contract, why was no team in the NFL willing to secure him for a 6th round or even 7th round pick?
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The Texans let it be known that he could seek a trade because they didn't want him back, if they did they could have signed him to a new contract.
There is an assumption in here that may not be true--that Jamie was willing to work out a reasonble contract extension. Both sides said they were working on an extension deal, i.e. the Texans did want him back and Sharper wanted or was willing to come back. Clearly the two sides could not agree on the amount and/or term of the contract. We simply don't know if the Texans were low-balling Sharper at under his market value or Sharper was looking for one last big contract with a signing bonus destined to become dead money when he only played 4 of 7 years. I am very curious to see what other teams are willing to pay him.
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Since the rumors are out there that Jamie is interested in Baltimore, money may not be the biggest motivator in that scenario. Maybe he would like to try for a second Super Bowl win with them.
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Greenwood is a huge upgrade over a 32 year old veteran that would have to be overpaid to stay here next season.
That is strictly your opinion and it is my opinion that Sharper is the better player of the two. I wouldn't classify Greenwood as a HUGE upgrade over Sharper. And you really can't throw age into too much because Sharper is 32, not 39. Although Mcginnest is chucking along well at his old age of 35. Sharper had his best season the previous year and all of the sudden he's old?? Na, that doesn't fly.

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Regarding backloading contracts, that is my point. A five year contract usually isn't really that. When looking at the value of Greenwood's contract, look at the first three years and the signing bonus proration- it's a very friendly contract that gives the Texans flexibility and a LB who will be here through the prime years of his career.
Why look at only 3 years?? If he's any good he'll be here for the extent of his contract. And why didn't the Texans let go of Sharper last year, that could have saved us a ton of money! And if you want to talk about money then we should have cut him after June 1 to spread out the cap hit over 2 seasons, enabling us to pursue a Quality FA.


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Again, if he is worth the salary of his 05 contract, why was no team in the NFL willing to secure him for a 6th round or even 7th round pick?
Again, because teams knew that Sharper was in the doghouse and no agreement was going to get reached. No reason to give up a draft pick if you can wait until the Texans release him. He's not on the same level as a super star, but then again either is Greenwood. But there is a reason 8 teams are looking at him right as he's released.
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