"But Agnone said the Bengals came at them "with a generous offer" in the first year of the deal and that Sharper agonized over the decision Monday night and Tuesday. The Bengals offer apparently wasn't $4 million, but it was in the yard, although Agnone wouldn't confirm that.
"It didn't come down to money," Agnone said. "Seattle really went after him. They met him in Cincinnati for the flight out, he had dinner with the team president, and I really think he got a sense of where he was going to play and how they were going to use him. But it was such a tough choice because he likes Marvin so much."
Agnone said Seattle is going to play him inside and that might have been a factor, too, since Sharper played outside for Lewis in Baltimore."
Well, I find this interesting for two reasons.
First, what Sharper's agent said really is confirmation that the Seahawks newly improved front office is doing the right things when it comes to courting players to play here. It's nice to see that the Seahawks made a better pitch than the Bengals, or for that matter, anyone, as in years past, this was not usually the case.
Second, the agent said that Seattle was looking at playing him inside, and that may have factored into his decision to come here.
I'll be very interested to see if this proves to be the case, I think the only way it makes sense to move Sharper inside is if and only if Chad Brown stays here in Seattle. I definitely think that this statement may be a hint that the Hawks aren't going to cut Brown after all, because a starting core of Brown Sharper and Lewis(?), looks much better than Lewis, Sharper and White or whoever we could get in the draft.
If Brown were to be cut, it would make alot more sense to play him outside.
Just a thought, you don't suppose there's a possibility that the agent meant inside, as in, a 3-4 defense do you? How about a Linebacker core of Brown, Sharper, Niko and Lewis? Naaw! It would never happen with Ray as D coor. would it?