Free agent safety Darren Sharper has still not re-signed with the Saints going on record to say the franchise is not “showing him the love”, loosely translated as they are not showing him the money that he desires to comeback.
In response to Sharper’s comment Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said in his recent state of the franchise news conference that, “The Saints have all the love in the world for Sharper, just not all the money in the world for Sharper.”
That about sums up the state of negotiations between Sharper and the Saints, he wants a big pay day after co-leading the NFL in interceptions in 2009 while the Saints refuse to over pay the 34 year old safety, hence the stale mate.
Sharper believes he can command more money from a competing team regardless of his age and fact that he recently had arthroscopic knee surgery, a procedure he states was to clean up the knee to prevent swelling.
The Chicago Bears have already met with Sharper but a contract doesn’t seem imminent.
The New York Jets are now in the market for a play making safety after trading Kerry Rhodes to the Arizona Cardinals for two draft picks.
Sharper has said he would be interested in speaking with Ryan and the Jets about joining up and feels that he would be a good fit in Ryan’s aggressive scheme.
Neither side has confirmed a potential visit at this point but it appears Sharper is willing to talk to any team that will “show him the love”, the Jets included.
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