New Orleans Saints: Darren Sharper May Have A Contract Finalized With The Jaguars By Monday


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Saints free agent safety Darren Sharper wrapped up a visit with the Jacksonville Jaguars early this week after a two day visit with the club.

Sharper of course is looking to land a more lucrative contract than what the Saints have offered after an impressive 2009-2010 season and at 34 years old is hoping to secure his last big pay day.

The Saints are rumored to have offered him a two year deal for 6M but Sharper has been rumored to want a three year deal for close to 5M a year, neither side appears willing to budge.

Sharper has been recovering from minor knee surgery this off-season he described as a clean out procedure to help alleviate a nagging swelling issue which caused him to miss some playing time, shying away most teams.

The Jaguars apparently are not concerned with the knee and saw enough of Sharper to make a contract offer which apparently could be finalized as early as tomorrow according to several Internet reports.

Del Rio and the Jags have had major issues at the safety postion after the loss of Gerald Sensabaugh to the Dallas Cowboys in free agency before the start of last season ranking 27th against the pass while trying out two different starters.

Sharper represents a giant upgrade in their secondary, one which they 0nbiously may be willing to pay greatly to get.

Nothing is official or has been finalized but the Saints are prepared to move on without Sharper if he does sign elsewhere by most likely moving corner Malcolm Jenkins to free safety after drafting Florida State corner Patrick Robinson with the teams first pick in this years draft.

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Tags: 2010 NFL Free Agency Period Darren Sharper Jacksonville Jaguars New Orleans Saints

  • Derrick M Smith

    If Jacksonville is foolish enough to sign him for 3 more years (that he might not even have left in him at this point, judging from how he suffered through last season with the Saints) at $15 million, then more power to them. They can have him for that price.

    I do hope they know that that’s certainly not going to be enough this year, or next, or the one after that to make them true SB contenders in this league.

    The Saints will be just fine with Malcolm Jenkins playing center field in place of Sharper this year and beyond. He is our new head-hunter star in the secondary now!

    • Keith Null

      I agree they would be foolish to sign him to a long term deal. At this point however the contract terms have not been released so it may be a one or two year deal just for more money than what the Saints have offered. I’m anxious to see what Jenkins can do at safety anyways so thanks for helping us achieve a Super Bowl Darren but have fun in Jacksonville!

  • http://www.yams.com MarkSpizer

    great post as usual!

  • Brandin DuBos

    Dear Darren Sharper: Is it worth the extra 2 mil to leave a super bowl champion team? Our fans love you, our city loves you, and you are a vital part of our defense… Until you leave, and we move someone else into your spot. Please stay.

  • Chris

    If the Jags sign him to a 3 year deal we likely won’t keep him for the entire contract (see Torry Holt, Tra Thomas). We would only want him for the veteran experience he could show our younger guys. Maybe even show Reggie Nelson something because they play similar so the Jags don’t lose money on Nelson by cutting him. And the NFL is still uncapped so cutting Sharper wouldn’t hurt the Jags at all in the future. He can cash in for a year (possibly 2) and then retire……as a Viking.

  • http://www.terry-bradshaw-jersey.com terry bradshaw jersey

    Actually the result of all travels and negotiations is that Sharper returned to the Saints with a one-year contract.

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