Safety Darren Sharper was told last year that he was “too old” to produce well enough and stay on a part of the Minnesota Vikings. He then joined the Saints and snagged 9 interceptions, returned 3 for touchdowns, and helped them win Super Bowl XLIV.
Signed only to a one-year contract, Sharper became an unrestricted free agent at season’s end and was not franchise tagged by the team. He wasn’t even offered anything yet so now other teams are looking to see if the old man still has it.
No visits have been scheduled yet for Sharper to visit other teams, but rumors are swirling that there is interest out there.
So far there is word out that the Chicago Bears (so far the big players in free agency) and the Miami Dolphins have shown their interest in Sharper. The New York Giants also threw their name in, but that is in case former Arizona Cardinal Antrel Rolle doesn’t end up in the dark blue next year. That deal looks closer and closer though.
Just my opinion, but the Saints should get on this and get on it now. Sharper has at least two good years left in him and the colors on his back should be black and gold.
~ In other Saints’ news, the team did re-sign safety Pierson Proleau to a one-year deal. Proleau played in all 16 games last season, but still was only used sparingly. His numbers last year were modest but decent with 29 tackles and 1 pass defended.
~ Looking around the league, the Arizona Cardinals have traded WR Anquan Boldin to the Baltimore Ravens for third and fourth round draft picks. As soon as he was traded, Boldin also agreed to a 3-year contract extension worth $25 million.
Follow free agency with these articles as well:
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- Free Agency is almost here so let’s go around the NFL
- Saints to cut Charles Grant, Mark Simoneau, and Jamar Nesbit as free agency looms
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