We 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.