Denver Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe may have changed his mind about playing in 2004 now that a potential opportunity in television has developed.
The all-time NFL leader in receptions by a tight end, Sharpe spent months considering his retirement, then announced shortly after the draft that he would return for his 15th, and final, season in 2004. Events of the last few days, however, could change his direction.
Sharpe is believed to be the leading candidate to replace Deion Sanders on the in-studio panel of the CBS pregame show, "The NFL Today." He will meet next Tuesday in New York with CBS officials to discuss the position. Sharpe is familiar to CBS executives, having worked the playoffs for the network in the past.
Given that such a high-profile TV position might not be available next spring, when Sharpe had planned to retire, the talkative tight end could alter his timetable. Sanders and CBS parted on Wednesday over compensation issues.
Perhaps sensing Sharpe has changed his mind, the Broncos have signed free agent tight end Byron Chamberlain.
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Interestingly enough, he said he'd make his final decision before the draft so the Broncos head office could adjust accordingly. The Broncos didn't draft a TE this draft... Could just be a ploy to extract some more $$$ out of Denver since Shanahan's career at Denver probably stands or falls on this season.
Like I could hate that clown Deion any more. Now his inflated ego could take away a good FF option at TE.
It will suck to have him step down this season from both a FF and Bronco standpoint. He would have put up some pretty good numbers.
I love the idea of Sharpe going to the booth. He has always struck me as being an itelligent and articulate player who seemed to be able to talk on subjects that aren't dorectly related to himself.
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KingGhidra wrote:Interestingly enough, he said he'd make his final decision before the draft so the Broncos head office could adjust accordingly. The Broncos didn't draft a TE this draft... Could just be a ploy to extract some more $$$ out of Denver since Shanahan's career at Denver probably stands or falls on this season.
I was ready to post basically the same thing...
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USA Today - Shannon Sharpe, eight-time Pro Bowl tight end for the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens, is expected to replace Deion Sanders on CBS' NFL Today studio show. "We're having very serious talks with Shannon's representative and we would hope to have something concluded early next week" CBS Sports President Sean McManus said Saturday. "We're working out the final details."