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.
Also today, on ESPN radio, Clayton said that the offer to Sharper from Seattle was for "about 3 million per year". No mention of the length of the contract or a signing bonus.
Clayton said that the Bengal's offer was less than Seattle's, and that Sharper just needed to decide about "living way out on the other side of the country" or to take less money and go to Cincy. (Clayton suggested that it is down to Cincy and Seattle. Even though Dallas would love to get him.)
Clayton said that if Sharper signs with Seattle, Chad Brown will get cut.
Another wrinkle was that Brown would like to go back to Pittsburg. He said that this was another reason that Cincy might up their offer to Sharper. To keep Brown away from Pittsburg.
Clayton said that Sharper's decision would be made Monday. (He quickly added, "Tuesday morning at the very latest."
Also from the Seattle P-I today, "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."