Even as Darren Sharper discusses his intention to extend his highlight-filled pro career to a 15th season, he allows himself to utter the word, “retirement.”
It’s a question to which you’ll get a variety of answers depending who you ask. Some will say Nick Mangold while others will look at blindside protectors like Jake Long and Joe Thomas. There will even be guys like Brian Balldinger, a former NFL lineman and now a TV analyst for NFL game, who picks 2009’s dominant guard Jahri Evans of the Saints.
He’s just talking leverage, basically the same principle that applies to the NFL’s tedious labor spat that’s gone on just long enough to turn righteous indignation into the worst thing that could happen to an entertainment industry. And that would be apathy.
One of the Saint primary concerns this off-season was to address the defensive line play, by an means necessary — which was evident as they immediately signed three defensive lineman after the play-off lost.