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Sharper prepares to say farewell to the Saints

Saints safety Darren Sharper, whom many believe was a key cog in the team’s first-ever Super Bowl win, won’t be restricted via the franchise tag. 

And he also won’t be signing a new contract.

Instead, Sharper will be hitting the open market.  He seems resigned to the fact that, if he wants to keep playing, he’ll need to join a new team.

“If a team is willing to let you test the market,” Sharper told Steve Wyche of NFL.com, “they’re willing to let you go.”

Of course, it doesn’t mean that Sharper definitely won’t return.  It just means that the Saints are willing to accept the risk that some other team will be willing to pay a Super Bowl premium to a guy who didn’t just help that team win a Super Bowl.

If no one will overpay for a guy who arguably is over the hill, then Sharper could land back in New Orleans.

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30 Responses to “Sharper prepares to say farewell to the Saints”
  1. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Feb 23, 2010 2:31 PM

    Why so much interest with D.Sharper? Send him to New England

  2. BLACKQBWHITERB says: Feb 23, 2010 2:32 PM

    I know the Redskins typically overpay for these type guys, but…………………….
    He got 9 interceptions last year in the regular season. Hardly what you’d call over the hill.
    If he can be had AT A REASONABLE PRICE, i’d love to see Shanahan and Allen get him. Beats the heck outta Deion and Bruce Smith……………..Archuleta and Haynesw……never mind

  3. Ilovefoolsball says: Feb 23, 2010 2:38 PM

    I’m confused as to why the Saints won’t just franchise Sharper. I mean who else are they gonna plug into that FS role that can do as good a job at getting everyone lined up and playing center field. The big pass play which has plagued the Saints defense the last few seasons finally was under control and it’s because of Sharper’s ability to take that deep route away. If they don’t bring him back and expect Malcolm Jenkins to do as good a job then the Saints are in for a rude awakening.

  4. Swampdawg says: Feb 23, 2010 2:39 PM

    The Saints definitely want him back. He was a great mentor to the defensive secondary. They just don’t want to pay $6.4M for a 35 year old safety. They will let Darren find out his market value and then match the highest offer. Remember nobody wanted him last year and signed a one-year contract for $1.5M. He didn’t suddenly drink from the fountain of youth. I believe they will sign him, but for a whole less than $6.4M.

  5. bonafide says: Feb 23, 2010 2:39 PM

    Sharper’s stats are misleading. Sure, he had 9 interceptions, but he misses way too many tackles and is terrible against the run. He frequently takes terrible angles in pursuit of the ballcarrier. The Packers knew this, the Vikings learned this, and now Saints learned this… That’s why they all let him walk. He gets interceptions, but he’s a liability.

  6. BigRan-the-EagleFan says: Feb 23, 2010 2:48 PM

    Please eagles DO NOT SIGN HIM WE DONT NEED ANOTHER SLOW WRONG ANGLE TAKING SAFETY

  7. toddm6d says: Feb 23, 2010 2:48 PM

    He’ll look good back in purple doing a little calf roping with Jared Allen.

  8. stadanko says: Feb 23, 2010 2:48 PM

    Sharpers comments are just his attempt to play chicken with the front office, make them think there is actually a possibility of him going elsewhere. This won’t work with Mickey Loomis.
    He’ll go make a few visits, like Warner last year and then bring the numbers back to the Saints who will sign him for a lot less than the 6.5 mil franchise tender. Smart, shrewd business from the Saints front office.
    If Snyder or anyone else wants to offer him ridiculous money, the Saints will be ok without him. Good luck getting another ring in Washington before his body gives out.

  9. this class sucks says: Feb 23, 2010 3:02 PM

    @CBS
    I think the Pats actually have some good guys at the safety position. I hate the Patriots and everything about them but Brandon Merriwhether is trying hard to become a favorite player of mine.
    As far as Sharper goes, I think this is the smart move by the Saints for three reasons:
    1. Its all but impossible to repeat in this league.
    2. Sharper will probably be over paid where ever he goes.
    3. They have several other free agents, many of whom are younger than Sharper.
    I would say Sharper probably has a year or two left in him based off Brian Dawkins, who had a good first half of the season and wasn’t bad the second half. As a 49ers fan I wouldn’t mind trying to pull a Saints and grab him up and go from 8-8 to Super Bowl champs (although I would rather have Brees).

  10. Dave J says: Feb 23, 2010 3:08 PM

    Sharper still has a couple of good seasons in him. I could see the Giants picking him up on a one-year contract; they still think they’re a Super Bowl eam with a few gaps – including the DBs.

  11. Fan of Football says: Feb 23, 2010 3:09 PM

    I can’t believe he was a Packer until an idiot GM came in and cut him for a measly $2 million he didn’t want to pay him. What has he done since? 3 pro bowls, almost defensive player of the year, a SB win, etc.

  12. Ilovefoolsball says: Feb 23, 2010 3:11 PM

    # bonafide says: February 23, 2010 2:39 PM
    Sharper’s stats are misleading. Sure, he had 9 interceptions, but he misses way too many tackles and is terrible against the run. He frequently takes terrible angles in pursuit of the ballcarrier. The Packers knew this, the Vikings learned this, and now Saints learned this… That’s why they all let him walk. He gets interceptions, but he’s a liability.
    _____________________________________
    Maybe that’s what happened in Green Bay and Minny but in New Orleans he only had one bad game and that was against the Redskins. He never got beat over the top and never missed a tackle when he was the last line of defense. The only time he missed tackles is when he was attacking the line of scrimmage.

  13. oraph says: Feb 23, 2010 3:25 PM

    Sharper is a product of the system.. and is nowhere as good as his stater portray him.
    When your O puts up crazy amount of point the other team is forced to throw a lot to keep up, the D is ready and the bad throws get picked.. simple.
    someone will overpay for him and he will stink it up next season.

  14. RobF2010 says: Feb 23, 2010 3:27 PM

    It doesn’t make any sense for the Saints to tag him at that price for one year. He’ll get a decent two-year offer that includes a nice raise from the Saints. If he can get more from someone, more power to him.

  15. jesse.greer says: Feb 23, 2010 3:31 PM

    Darren Sharper, come to Tennessee..your help will be greatly appreciated. God knows we’re gonna need all the help we can get on defense! You will bring leadership to our secondary & help the younger guys become more comfortable to the game. I could see you in a #42 Titan blue jersey!!!

  16. clavette says: Feb 23, 2010 3:39 PM

    sharper, phillips, ross, and webster in the secondary for the gmen. new D coord is a secondary specialist, wouldnt suprise me at all if reese tried to bring him in. he could play half as good as he did last year and be a significant upgrade over what we had.
    regardless of where he goes hes still one of my favorite dbacks

  17. Boudin says: Feb 23, 2010 3:56 PM

    he’ll be playing for the Saints next year. the main reason he had one of his better seasons in recent history was because Gregg Williams let him do what he does best… play center field. He might not get the opportunity to play that way if he goes somewhere else.
    he’ll collect some offers and then come back to New Orleans and get paid somewhere between the $1.7 he earned last year and the $6.4 he’d get if he was franchised.

  18. GobiasINC_1 says: Feb 23, 2010 4:00 PM

    Fan of Football, there ya go showing your wealth of intelligence. That idiot GM signed the player that was the Defensive Player of the Year and drafted Sharper’s suitable replacement in Pro Bowler Nick Collins.
    I like proving you wrong. Let’s keep playing!

  19. FootballOnly says: Feb 23, 2010 4:26 PM

    Funny how 3 professional teams, Packers, Vikings and Saints understand that Sharper’s liabilities far outweigh his assets but yet posters don’t “get it.” Sharper was a product of the system that the Saints play, he had no one on one responsibilities and becuz the saints often had a huge lead due to their offense, sharper was able to gamble. I doubt saints fans will understand that Sharper is a much bigger liability than a team wants to have and that he was toasted far more than he was able to make a play, but stupid fans only remember the int’s and td’s.

  20. tradebait9 says: Feb 23, 2010 4:45 PM

    he made no impact second half of the season and playoffs.

  21. phillyeagleschamps says: Feb 23, 2010 4:50 PM

    Sharper an Eagle soon.
    He will be leaving the stench of NO.

  22. BigEasy says: Feb 23, 2010 4:54 PM

    Just like Reggie Bush…Sharper knows it’s a good system for him…….he’ll be back!!
    Florio…..leave Rosenthal to the “Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints” stories and you can take the rest(especially anything that has to do with that certain someone that lives in Kiln)!
    Thanks!

  23. GoBears84 says: Feb 23, 2010 5:37 PM

    he’ll be in Chicago.

  24. Pack_Attack says: Feb 23, 2010 6:00 PM

    he’s a showboat and the Saints finally wised up.

  25. shrike3000 says: Feb 23, 2010 6:00 PM

    This is a win-win for the Saints, either he tests the market and there isnt much of one and we get another year from him at a good price or he tests the market and gets a big payday opening the way for us to sign an UFA we would not have been able to sign due to the Final 4 restrictions.

  26. pmm0455 says: Feb 23, 2010 6:46 PM

    We buried the Aints Saturday but this sure seem likes some Aints bullshit from back in the day. This better not come back and bite us in the ass. I hope we bring the shark back for the rest of his career.

  27. Satanic Hell Creature says: Feb 23, 2010 6:48 PM

    I can see Chicago making a run for Sharper, and I can see Sharper wanting to play for the Bears. He got the ring, now, I’m sure he’ll think he can resurrect any defense out there. He’s always been one of the most ego driven players out there (not saying he doesn’t have the talent, he’s just very egotistical). And, with the Bears, he’ll probably think he can will them to beat the Packers and Vikings twice each every year.

  28. SF Saints Fan says: Feb 23, 2010 7:02 PM

    phillyeagleschamps:
    “Sharper an Eagle soon.
    He will be leaving the stench of NO.”
    At least Sharper won’t have to be worried about having to be responsible for polishing that Lombardi Trophy over at the NovaCare Complex. Oh wait…….there is no Lombardi Trophy in Philadelphia.
    Enjoy those Cheese Steaks and Water Ice. No Westbrook, no McNabb????, NO CHANCE!

  29. packers4life says: Feb 23, 2010 8:56 PM

    “I can’t believe he was a Packer until an idiot GM came in and cut him for a measly $2 million he didn’t want to pay him. What has he done since? 3 pro bowls, almost defensive player of the year, a SB win, etc.”
    Oh yeah like the Packers miss Sharper. I’d like to ask you, how has his replacement done so far? Yes, the one who has been voted to two consecutive Pro Bowls and has 17 career interceptions including 13 in the last two years.
    Dumbass. You must be really bored if you bash the Packers in every one of your lame posts.

  30. Adam says: Feb 24, 2010 4:02 AM

    Jets trade Rhodes for draft picks, sign Sharper. I think Sharper will set in. He’s got hella swagger.

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