Darren Sharper: What Lies Ahead For New Orleans Saints Safety?

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Safety Darren Sharper returns an interception 97 yards for a touchdown against the Eagles (Source: nj.com)

Darren Sharper had what was perhaps his best season as a pro in 2009 when he grabbed a league high nine interceptions, three of which he returned for touchdowns, after being cast off from the Minnesota Vikings.

It’s was a resurgence of sorts for the then 34-year old safety whom critics and teams alike claimed could no longer be an impact player in the NFL, boy where they wrong.

Sharper would sign another one-year deal with the Saints in the off-season but started the year on the PUP list after under going micro-fracture surgery on his left knee, a move that kept him on the sideline for the first six weeks of the season.

His absence was offset by the team moving corner back Malcolm Jenkins to free safety and awarding  him the starting job. He played so well in fact that the move, and the job, became permanent forcing Sharper into a backup role.

No one knows for sure what Sharper will do from this point but we are all likely to get some so clarification on his next move if and when a new CBA deal is reached. That deal is likely to make Sharper an unrestricted free agent.

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