Saints safety Darren Sharper, despite advancing age, was expected to be one of the top targets in free agency. Arthroscopic knee surgery conducted two days before the shopping spree began has kept him on the shelf.
Now that the draft has passed, look for interest in Sharper to pick up.
Per a league source, at least two teams are interested in Sharper. The Saints also have an offer on the table for the man who made the most of his only season in New Orleans.
Sharper spent the first eight years of his career with the Packers, and the next four in Minnesota.
Though the Jets may be interested in Sharper (after all, they’re interested in pretty much anyone with name recognition), they can’t sign Sharper until another unrestricted free agent signs with a new team, under the terms of the “Final Eight Plan.” These rules apply to Sharper because he became a free agent via the expiration of his contract; the Jets freely may sign players who are available because their contracts were terminated, like linebacker Adalius Thomas.