There were reports that he won’t be tagged, that he might be tagged, and finally that he will be tagged.
A source with knowledge of the situation recently told us that the Saints have made no decision regarding whether Sharper will be franchised. Only 12 days have passed since the Saints’ season ended, and coaches and front-office types have been occupied with other things lately, like parties and parades and ringing the bell at the New York Stock Exchange. (“Ever heard of it? It’s in New York.”)
There also have been no talks regarding a new contract for Sharper, who’ll be an unrestricted free agent as of March 5 absent a new contract or the franchise tag.
We continue to believe that the Saints will find a way to keep Sharper, given that any disruption of the nucleus of the 2009 season would disrupt a victory lap that could last a full 365 days, and maybe longer.