Jamie Sharper - The Seattle-Cincy Stalemate

Scout.com's Lane Adkins reports that former Texans linebacker Jamie Sharper has narrowed his choice of new teams to the Seattle Seahawks and the Cincinnati Bengals.


Adkins says that Seattle has made the better financial offer, but that Sharper is wavering because the Bengals play closer to his Florida home and are coached by Marvin Lewis, his former defensive coordinator in Baltimore.

Sharper, who was released two weeks ago by the Texans to save almost $5 million in salary cap room, visited the Bengals last Wednesday and Seattle on Thursday and Friday. He is expected to make his decision in the next 24 hours.

Baltimore's second-round pick in 1997 out of Virginia, Sharper did not miss a start in three seasons in the middle with the Texans. He missed only one start in five seasons while playing outside for the Ravens. He will be 31 years old in November, but his last two seasons have been his most productive. In 2003, he led the NFL in tackles with 166, and he registered 139 stops in 2004. He has averaged 137.5 tackles over the last four years.

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