Deadline nears for Sharpe

The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos remain as the top two teams still interested in signing former Pro Bowl tight end Shannon Sharpe.

It appears that the Shannon Sharpe race has narrowed itself to the West Coast, with Denver, Seattle and Oakland as teams still considering signing the former Pro Bowl tight end.

"It would make sense to me if he went back to Denver," Seattle head coach Mike Holmgren told reporters. "Hopefully I'll get a chance to talk with him and we'll give him our best shot."

The "best shot" the Seahawks will have to offer is undoubtedly more than Denver has to spend, considering that Seattle is still $3 million under the salary cap, but the Broncos hold a strong advantage when it comes to sentiment.

Sharpe spent the majority of his playing career in Denver, and has continually voiced his desire to finish his career as a Bronco.

"I'd love to see Shannon back in Denver, I really would," Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said during the recent NFL owners meetings.

"I think he would be a really productive guy for us. We could use his leadership. Right now, I don't have any reason for pessimism. I'd like to be optimistic about the situation. Mike wants him back and I want him back. It's just what we can afford to pay."

According to agent Marvin Demoff, Sharpe is expected to make a final decision no later than April 1.

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