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Darren Sharper stays with the Saints

Well, the New Orleans Saints have gotten some good news.

Safety Darren Sharper is returning.

Per a league source, Sharper will sign a one-year deal.  His primary goal, we’re told, is to pursue another championship.

He also was pursued by the Jaguars.  It’s unknown whether the Jags offered more money, or whether the Saints increased the offer that had been on the table for several weeks.

Sharper joined the team in 2009, after four seasons with the Vikings.  He was expected to be a fairly hot commodity in free agency, despite his age.  A knee problem required him to undergo arthroscopic surgery two days before the signing period opened, delaying his ability to hit the market when the most money was flowing.

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31 Responses to “Darren Sharper stays with the Saints”
  1. Action Dan says: May 3, 2010 4:48 PM

    Along with a moderate signing bonus, GM Mickey Loomis tucked a dozen Vicodin tablets in his hand while shaking on the new contract.

  2. WarrenMoonGOAT says: May 3, 2010 4:49 PM

    dude is a hall of famer and he had a great year last year, 9 interceptions last year, he’s still a solid player

  3. Hap says: May 3, 2010 4:50 PM

    Good. Now let’s get on with the program.

  4. DeVoodoo says: May 3, 2010 4:50 PM

    Maybe they threw in some free Vicodin?

  5. Pack_Attack says: May 3, 2010 4:52 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiIZLDeMOg0

  6. Pack_Attack says: May 3, 2010 4:53 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiIZLDeMOg0

  7. nfcbeast says: May 3, 2010 4:53 PM

    So this was a whole bunch of nothing……
    I wish the Eagles would have treated Brian Dawkins this way….not just let him walk away after insulting him with a shitty deal.

  8. Primetime17 says: May 3, 2010 4:56 PM

    And the taints rejoice! Another person to do drugs with.

  9. philwauke says: May 3, 2010 4:56 PM

    Thanks for that vikings. At least one former viking got a ring.

  10. Benjamin C Klein says: May 3, 2010 4:57 PM

    I guess he did care more about winning (Saints) than money (Jaguars)

  11. WHODAT says: May 3, 2010 4:59 PM

    This can only help… But i still want to see what Malcolm Jenkins has to offer at safety.. The same with Chip Vaughn

  12. jackybadass says: May 3, 2010 5:00 PM

    if he gets hurt he can get pill from the coach’s stash. sean shame on you!

  13. Gregjennings85 says: May 3, 2010 5:01 PM

    They got the good Vicodin, man.

  14. D wins games says: May 3, 2010 5:02 PM

    Jags got used!

  15. Boudin says: May 3, 2010 5:04 PM

    a one year deal? are you kidding me?

  16. daveomcd says: May 3, 2010 5:12 PM

    IDK what’s more annoying the vicodin stories or the commenters that think they’re funny and original…

  17. se18a29 says: May 3, 2010 5:13 PM

    Another washed up player and a drug using coaching staff…

  18. Kay Bee says: May 3, 2010 5:14 PM

    philwauke says:
    May 3, 2010 4:56 PM
    Thanks for that vikings. At least one former viking got a ring.
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    ZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. CleanSlaton says: May 3, 2010 5:16 PM

    Dear Texans,
    Way to blow signing another great free agent at a position-of-need. Remember this next time John Busing, Brian Russell, or one of our rookies get burnt to a crisp. ['Who are these guys?'-the rest of you are asking....]
    Exactly. Our free safeties SUCK. Why sign a hall of famer when we can keep our shitty, league-minimum-paid, underperforming ASSHOLES?
    thanks, Bob McNair & Rick Smith, you turds.
    I mean, it’s not like we have to play Peyton Manning twice or anything….
    sincerely,
    Houston fans

  20. favrecansuckit says: May 3, 2010 5:34 PM

    # daveomcd says: May 3, 2010 5:12 PM
    IDK what’s more annoying the vicodin stories or the commenters that think they’re funny and original…
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    Couldn’t agree more, and I’m not sure which is worse either…

  21. Ilovefoolsball says: May 3, 2010 5:38 PM

    Good, Sharper stays with the Saints and will help them get to another Championship….and all the PFT commenters can do is crack Vicodin jokes. Have fun with that! Honestly the Vicodin jokes don’t bother me, they’re pretty tame. I mean let’s face it, the people making these comments were the same ones saying the Saints would never win a championship, and are saying the Saints will never get to another championship game, so be it. You can’t take away the dominant season that led to the Saints being SUPERBOWL 44 CHAMPIONS! :)
    at least they’re not rapistberger, vick the dog killer, or plaxico the self shooter, by comparison taking some pain killers is pretty minor.

  22. Thorpie says: May 3, 2010 5:45 PM

    Wow…I thought the ratio of unfunny vicodin jokes to actual comments would be much higher. I guess the kids aren’t home from school yet. I’ll give it another hour.
    As for the post…this is great news! If he can produce even half his stas from last year, our secondary is going to be one of the best. Plus, if Jenkins is going to move to FS, I would rather have Sharper back for another year of coaching and mentoring.

  23. Kay Bee says: May 3, 2010 5:45 PM

    Ilovefoolsball says:
    May 3, 2010 5:38 PM
    Good, Sharper stays with the Saints and will help them get to another Championship….and all the PFT commenters can do is crack Vicodin jokes. Have fun with that! Honestly the Vicodin jokes don’t bother me, they’re pretty tame. I mean let’s face it, the people making these comments were the same ones saying the Saints would never win a championship, and are saying the Saints will never get to another championship game, so be it. You can’t take away the dominant season that led to the Saints being SUPERBOWL 44 CHAMPIONS! :)
    at least they’re not rapistberger, vick the dog killer, or plaxico the self shooter, by comparison taking some pain killers is pretty minor.
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    I was with you for the most part. I wouldn’t poke fun at Roethlisberger/Steelers. The Steelers fans on this site, for the most part, have had the back of Saints’ fans.

  24. _ROCKSTAR_ says: May 3, 2010 6:00 PM

    NEWS FLASH: Vicodin isn’t the drug that would help someone win a Championship. It actually has the opposite affect.

  25. Profanity in ALL CAPS says: May 3, 2010 6:03 PM

    he better hope his knee is better. he couldn’t move in the playoffs

  26. Reggie'sBush says: May 3, 2010 6:17 PM

    Best 2ndary in the league… Hands down!

  27. DB26 says: May 3, 2010 6:48 PM

    Fu(k up #1 by the team of Heckert and Holmgren. Regardless of drafting Larry Asante and TJ Ward, a strong veteran presence of Darren Sharper would have been an AWESOME addition to the Browns new *but very young* secondary.
    Shame on you Big Show & TH!!! :(

  28. GOVIKES|GOVIKES says: May 3, 2010 8:49 PM

    Sharper is a pretty good safety, but calling him a HOF safety is a huuuuuge stretch. He is not the kind of difference maker like Polamalu, Reed, or even Bob Sanders that would be needed to get into the HOF.

  29. Kay Bee says: May 3, 2010 9:13 PM

    GOVIKES|GOVIKES says:
    May 3, 2010 8:49 PM
    Sharper is a pretty good safety, but calling him a HOF safety is a huuuuuge stretch. He is not the kind of difference maker like Polamalu, Reed, or even Bob Sanders that would be needed to get into the HOF.
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    His total of 376 interception-return yards set an NFL single-season record, breaking the mark of 358 yards set by Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed in 2004.
    Sharper leads all active NFL players in interceptions with 63, which places him in a tie with Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott for sixth on the league’s all-time list. Sharper’s 11 career interception returns for TDs rank second to Hall of Fame safety Rod Woodson’s 12. Sharper’s 1,412 career interception-return yards also rank second to Woodson’s 1,483.

  30. Bious says: May 3, 2010 9:44 PM

    It is a perfect deal for both parties
    Sharper fits perfectly in the blitz happy system where he can roam free and do what he wants….though he needs the CB’s to be healthy
    Any other team would need him to cover more area which he can’t do due to his age/speed
    bottom line, Saints are a better team with him

  31. Reggie'sBush says: May 3, 2010 11:25 PM

    GOVIKES|GOVIKES says:
    May 3, 2010 8:49 PM
    Sharper is a pretty good safety, but calling him a HOF safety is a huuuuuge stretch. He is not the kind of difference maker like Polamalu, Reed, or even Bob Sanders that would be needed to get into the HOF.
    ^^ hahaha you said Bob Sanders… the guy who has been on IR so long they offered him a contract? hahahahahaha

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