Shannon Sharpe Stays for Another Year

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Tight end Shannon Sharpe will return to the Denver Broncos for at least one more season, KCNC-TV reported Wednesday.

An official announcement was expected Thursday, the station said, citing unnamed sources. Broncos spokesman Jim Saccomano confirmed Sharpe's return after the station's report.

Sharpe said in January he might retire after last season, his 14th. He said he would announce his decision before this weekend's draft so the team would know whether to look for a replacement.

Sharpe is the NFL's career leader in receptions (815) and yards (10,060) at his position, and last season he passed Jerry Smith for most touchdowns with 62.

A seven-time Pro Bowl selection, Sharpe has won three Super Bowls--- two with Denver, another with Baltimore, and was part of an NFL-record 12 straight playoff wins from 1997-01.

Last season, Sharpe caught 62 passes for 770 yards and eight touchdowns at age 35, second only to Kansas City's Tony Gonzalez in the AFC.