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Report: Saints will franchise Sharper

D.Sharper.jpgWe pointed out yesterday, tongue partially in cheek, the existence of a conflict between two of the many ESPN employees who report on all things NFL regarding whether the Saints will apply the franchise tag to safety Darren Sharper.

Len Pasquarelli says they won’t, and Adam Schefter says they might.

Now, Steve Wyche of NFL.com (one of the truly great guys we met during Super Bowl week) resolves the dispute.

Wyche said on Monday night’s edition of NFL Network’s Total Access (here’s the video, via NFL.com) that the Saints will apply the franchise tag to Sharper.

It means that Sharper will be tendered a one-year contract with a guaranteed salary of $6.445 million, if/when he accepts the franchise tender.

And he’d be wise to accept the tender as soon as it’s, um, tendered.

Though we can’t tell from the look on his face in the above photo whether he’s happy, upset, or just constipated, Sharper should be ecstatic.  Nearly $6.5 million puts him in the Troy Polamalu/Ed Reed neighborhood.

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35 Responses to “Report: Saints will franchise Sharper”
  1. gopher says: Feb 16, 2010 10:31 AM

    This is one expensive mistake, the Saints won it all but they have to be careful not to stand still or make bad decisions. Does this now mean they will pay Bush $8million to stay on?

  2. Caldon says: Feb 16, 2010 10:42 AM

    What are you talking about, Franchise tags for huge sums of money are slaps in the face.

  3. FootballOnly says: Feb 16, 2010 10:42 AM

    Leave it to the Aints to overpay marginal players like Reggie Bush and Sharper. Sharper is long in the tooth and his season in 2009 was more a cinderella story much like the saints themselves. Sharper hates contact, hates responsibility of coverage and his stats from last season are only a reflection of the games in which the saints had huge leads and opponents had to pass to catch up. In close games he disappears and he is terrible at playing the run becuz he avoids contact. A good example would be his play in the nfc championship game where he was a non-factor other than one play where he summed up the courage to put a hit on BF. The Vikings and other competitive teams know exactly how to take Sharper out of the game. Run the ball successfully as he is terrible at run support and have a QB who recognizes Sharpers addiction to “gambling” and “jumping routes” and you have the makings of “melba toast”.

  4. GBP says: Feb 16, 2010 10:42 AM

    I know he still makes plays but he’s not worth that kind of money – not even when he was in Green Bay.

  5. H0KiES34 says: Feb 16, 2010 10:46 AM

    he should be in the ed reed, troy polamalu neighborhood he had a better season than those two and thus far a better career..

  6. Zach says: Feb 16, 2010 10:57 AM

    “What are you talking about, Franchise tags for huge sums of money are slaps in the face.”
    If you’re talking about Wilfork, yes it is. He can potentially get 25-35m in guaranteed money instead of just 7m; he played all 6 years of his rookie contract- what other player does that? Chris Johnson just played 2 and now he said he wants to be the highest paid guy- Wilfork played out his entire rookie contract, yet the Patriots wont pay him, so yes that’s a slap in the face.
    It’s about pride and respect- and I dont want to hear “the average working person would love the franchise tag” because we all know it’s different scenarios.

  7. Devils Advocate says: Feb 16, 2010 11:00 AM

    if you have one reporter ” move on or move out ” that says they won’t and another of your reporters say they “might” then you can always come back afterwards and say “see we were right”. ahhhhh…… gotta love that ESPN = Entertainment Sports Prostitution Network.

  8. habibfromnewdehli says: Feb 16, 2010 11:02 AM

    # H0KiES34 says: February 16, 2010 10:46 AM
    he should be in the ed reed, troy polamalu neighborhood he had a better season than those two and thus far a better career..
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    uh, better career? sharper has been in the league 5 more years than Ed Reed.
    compare the stats, then average it out per season. you’ll shit your pants seeing the results. Reed is far and away the better career on stats. But, it doesn’t sound like he’ll have as long of a career… and that’s part of having a great career. So congrats to Sharper for his longevity!

  9. Just Drew It! says: Feb 16, 2010 11:07 AM

    @gopher
    resigning a safety who tied for the NFL lead in INT’s and had 3 Def TD’s is a bad decision how? Not to mention a veteran presence among numerous young db’s goes a long way in their development

  10. Pervy Harvin says: Feb 16, 2010 11:11 AM

    Watch Sharper next season , he’ll get lazy when he knows he has “the money” coming. You wont see any hits, just tackles(many missed ones at that) and the blitzing will disappear too, so dont expect much from him.Darren dips his head and
    dives into the turf at runners. Addia went past him like nothing in the SB. At least he got a hand on his leg as he went by. With the Vikes, he rarely laid a hand on the runners. Way too much money for a tackling liability.

  11. Just Drew It! says: Feb 16, 2010 11:12 AM

    @FootballOnly:
    We have a safety for run support in Roman Harper. Sharper’s job is to make plays in the air, and he does it great.
    “The Vikings and other competitive teams know exactly how to take Sharper out of the game”
    Saints vs Vikings : Sharper had 11 tackles, 2 QB Hits, and Favre’s YPC was 6.7. Looks to me like Sharper took you out of the game.
    “Run the ball successfully as he is terrible at run support and have a QB who recognizes Sharpers addiction to “gambling” and “jumping routes” and you have the makings of “melba toast”.”
    Well both the Vikings and Colts ran well, so either these two great QB’s didn’t notice Sharper’s ‘addictions’ or he has none. Either way, props to Sharper.
    You bitter viking fans really need the draft to hurry.

  12. DanRooney says: Feb 16, 2010 11:12 AM

    “H0KiES34 says:
    February 16, 2010 10:46 AM
    he should be in the ed reed, troy polamalu neighborhood he had a better season than those two and thus far a better career..”
    Found another stupid NFL fan, Florio.

  13. Pack_Attack says: Feb 16, 2010 11:14 AM

    2009
    Week 1 – 2 INTs vs Det. One with the score 28-10 right near the end of the first half. The other late in the 4th with a 45-27 score. Neither could really be labeled a game changer, although the first one was at the NO 4. I’d still not count it given NO was comfortably ahead.
    Week 2 – 1 INT vs Philly. 99 yd return for a TD. Happened with 1 min to go in the game with the score 41-22 at the time. Not a game changer.
    Week 4 – 2 INT vs NYJ. 99 yd TD return early in the 2Q making the score 10-0. Definately a game changer. The 2nd happened in the 4th Q with 4 min to go, score 24-10. Won’t call it a game changer though.
    Week 7 – 1 INT vs MIA. 42 yd INT TD return got the Saints to 17-24. At that point MIA had had their way with the NO def. NO won the game 46-34. I’d go game changer on that.
    Week 8 – 1 INT vs ATL. Desperation pass end of game INT. NO was up 35-27. Not a game changer
    Week 12 – 1 INT vs NE. 4th Q with the score 38-17 with 7 minutes left. Not a game changer.
    Week 17 – 1 INT vs TB. 1st Q with NO up 7-0. NO did score a TD to go up 14-0 due to that. However, TB won the game 20-17 so no gamechanger status given to the INT.
    This is all the guy does. No thanks.

  14. SteelCurtnDee says: Feb 16, 2010 11:17 AM

    @HoKiEs
    What are you smokin dude? Yeah he DID have a better season because Polamalu played about 3 games, and I know Reed was hurt too…
    But better career? I don’t think so.

  15. VikeRube says: Feb 16, 2010 11:25 AM

    I think he’s past his prime, he’s a poor tackler, takes bad angles, has lost his quickness but has a nose for the ball and is a perfect fit for that defense. Is he in the same class as Reed or Polamolu? No, but it’s an uncapped year and if the Saints are cash flowing well, a one year committment for that price isn’t terrible especially since they are confined with the Final Eight free agency restrictions and finding a replacement would be tough.

  16. Love_Boat_Scandal says: Feb 16, 2010 11:28 AM

    I’d give my 2-bit opinion that the Saints are overpaying for Sharper, but then again I’ve never won a Super Bowl.
    Seriously, Sharper is a great fit for that defense. Let him roam and make big interceptions. It’s what he’s always done best at GB, MN, and NO. And it’s not like its a long-term commitment. The Saints are striking while the iron is hot.

  17. FootballOnly says: Feb 16, 2010 11:30 AM

    there are obvious reasons that good teams like the packers and vikings cut players and it is usually becuz of diminished skills and do their strengths outweigh their weaknesses. Sharper had a freaky year last year that resulted from his opportunities to gamble in games where the saints had big leads and the other team was forced to pass. saints fans only remember his int’s and td returns and couldn’t even begin to tell you how many times he was toasted.

  18. RayDaMayor says: Feb 16, 2010 11:36 AM

    Say what you fools want, but Sharper had a huge year. And the man layed receivers out all year long, so don’t claim he doesn’t hit. That plus 9 picks, 3 TDs ….. game changer.

  19. CapsLockKey says: Feb 16, 2010 11:39 AM

    Dude deserves every penny.

  20. Rip says: Feb 16, 2010 11:46 AM

    @ JustDrewIt!
    Yup, they do need the draft to hurry.

  21. FootballOnly says: Feb 16, 2010 11:58 AM

    sounds like raydamayor is still drunk from the SB.

  22. stiller43 says: Feb 16, 2010 12:18 PM

    Too bad his play isn’t in the Ed Reed or Troy Polamalu territory.

  23. SF Saints Fan says: Feb 16, 2010 12:26 PM

    I am not sure if I would pay Sharper $6.445 million for one year of football. I would maybe offer him a 2 year contract with about $6 million guaranteed and see if he bites. My guess is that the Saints front office has gotten wind of one or more teams seriously interested in Sharper and have decided to smoke them out by letting it leak that they will franchise Sharper. (Tampering anyone……) Sharper had a huge year, anyone who wants to track each of his big plays can point out that some of them were not at crucial times, but some of them were at crucial times. I think Sharper made a one or two victory difference for the Saints this year. When both starting corners were out for multiple weeks, Sharper was the glue that held the secondary together. Without Sharper the Saints not only don’t win the Super Bowl they just won, they don’t even get to the game.
    With all that, I really think that is overpaying the man, but you have to figure that word has gotten out that some other team was willing to sign him to a two year deal worth more guaranteed money that the $6+ million. It would not surprise me if the Saints draft a safety in the second or third round to replace Sharper next year.

  24. longrodvanhungendong says: Feb 16, 2010 12:32 PM

    As long as he doesn’t claim he needs more money to take care of his family, I’m good with it. He is a leader and smart on the field. That can help some guys play longer after their body starts to decline.

  25. SonOfNOLA says: Feb 16, 2010 1:31 PM

    If Sharper isn’t a game changer or a so-called tackling liability, then explain to me what other DB has had an impact this season like Sharper had on the Saints??? The only one you can make a case for is Darrelle Revis. I know you all will say “oh Reed, Polamalu, & whomever else” were hurt. But Sharper was healthy and that’s all that matters when it comes to toughness and fighting through injuries like Sharper did during week’s 9-12.
    We wouldn’t be nowhere near Super Bowl Champions without Sharper being on this team. It’s funny how Packers and Vikings fans are saying he isn’t worth that kind of money because isn’t on their teams and bitter because he didn’t get neither one of ‘em to the promised land like he did with the Saints. Sharper’s play rubbed off on our CB’s Greer and Porter to have shutdown seasons, particularly in the NFCC and SB.
    JEALOUSY KILLS!

  26. JoeyJoeJoeJr.Shabadoooo says: Feb 16, 2010 1:33 PM

    what ever happened to ‘form tackling’ in the nfl? all you ever see are arm tackles. my hs coach said arm tackles are for the david beckham type, not real football players.

  27. SonOfNOLA says: Feb 16, 2010 1:35 PM

    @SF Saints Fan
    Chad Jones

  28. RayDaMayor says: Feb 16, 2010 2:26 PM

    Hey Pervy,
    Just think, Sharper had to leave the Vikings and join the Saints to win a Super Bowl ring.
    Ray

  29. Saintnation says: Feb 16, 2010 2:27 PM

    FootballOnly says:
    February 16, 2010 10:42 AM
    Leave it to the Aints to overpay marginal players like Reggie Bush and Sharper. Sharper is long in the tooth and his season in 2009 was more a cinderella story much like the saints themselves. Sharper hates contact, hates responsibility of coverage and his stats from last season are only a reflection of the games in which the saints had huge leads and opponents had to pass to catch up. In close games he disappears and he is terrible at playing the run becuz he avoids contact. A good example would be his play in the nfc championship game where he was a non-factor other than one play where he summed up the courage to put a hit on BF. The Vikings and other competitive teams know exactly how to take Sharper out of the game. Run the ball successfully as he is terrible at run support and have a QB who recognizes Sharpers addiction to “gambling” and “jumping routes” and you have the makings of “melba toast”.
    ___________________________________
    Superbowl

  30. purpleguy says: Feb 16, 2010 2:30 PM

    Sharper is a good guy, more power to him. However, no way is he worth the franchise tender. I bet they wouldn’t have to franchise him since he’d probably stay a Saint for less money anyhow.

  31. Pervy Harvin says: Feb 16, 2010 2:42 PM

    RayDaMayor says:
    February 16, 2010 2:26 PM
    Hey Pervy,
    Just think, Sharper had to leave the Vikings and join the Saints to win a Super Bowl ring.
    Ray
    ————————————————–
    He didn’t leave,he was booted out of here.You had your one dream season with over achieving average players. Enjoy it,won’t be the same again.You will see Raymond LOL

  32. WashingtonRedstorms says: Feb 16, 2010 2:50 PM

    If the Saints only moved to Los Angeles, you would of had me for a fan.
    Saints = 2003 Bucs
    El Flash In The Pan…….

  33. SonOfNOLA says: Feb 16, 2010 5:31 PM

    I’d take flash in the pan’s anyday if it results to super bowl rings. The guy has 9 int’s and one of the main reasons the Saints were in the Super Bowl, and you call it a one-hit wonder? I mean I’d understand if this was Jairus Byrd for the Bills, with him being a rookie and all, but this is a 5x all-pro & 5x pro bowl selection you all are bitching about.
    ’03 Bucs? They didn’t have no where near the talent and depth the Saints possess. It’s obvious everyone on here hates to see the Saints be successful.

  34. SonOfNOLA says: Feb 16, 2010 5:33 PM

    When the Saints beat that ass again during the 2010 season, then you all will still be making excuses as to why the Vikings couldn’t win or why the Saints shouldn’t have won the game.

  35. nps6724 says: Feb 16, 2010 5:50 PM

    Only idiots would completely dismiss 9 INTs and 3 defensive TDs.
    And until he actually signs the tender, he doesn’t get it. A different deal can be worked out; this just secures his rights.

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