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

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The Saints surely would not mind keeping him around to help school Jenkins on how to be the best possible safety he can be but it’s unclear how much interest Sharper really has in being a backup for the first time in his illustrious career.

With his 36th birthday on the horizon Sharper’s time in the NFL could be drawing two a close, backed up by  a statement he made in 2009 when claiming he still had 2 to 3 good years left in him.

Suitors for his services aren’t likely to be plentiful given his age and that he is likely to desire a contract in the one to two year range for upwards of 3 million dollars or more.

In the AFC the Jaguars, Jets, Bengals, Texans and Chiefs all could use some safety help. In the NFC the Cowboys, Redskins and Buccaneers also could use some help in the secondary. Still the chances that any of these teams will pursue him is slim at best.

Last year the Jaguars flirted with the idea of signing him and it was even reported a deal was in place, the next day he returned to the Saints. Would the Jaguars consider making a run at him again in 2011?

For now though his future is frozen in limbo as he and everyone else in the NFL wait for a new collective bargaining agreement to be put in place, but I say Sharper should return to the Saints for one last run.

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