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New Orleans Saints: Darren Sharper may be back before the seasons start


Free safety Darren Sharper had a season for the ages in 2009, intercepting nine passes while setting a new NFL return yardage record with 376 total yards. He was also a major contributor in helping the Saints win their first ever Superbowl championship.

Sharper started the 2010 season the physically unable to perform list (PUP) after undergoing micro-fracture knee surgery. In his place the Saints converted former first round pick Malcolm Jenkins from corner to safety, and Jenkins has never looked back.

Fast forward to the 2011 off-season and Sharper was hoping to sign with a team willing to give him the opportunity to start. His interest wasn’t extremely high to be Jenkins primary backup with the Saints.

Suitors for Sharper were not plentiful, but the New England Patriots seemed to the most interested after bringing him in for workout. Belichick though decided to go another direction, and Sharper was once again on the prowl for a new team.

Ironically that new team could be his old team the New Orleans Saints.

Sharper hints at return to Saints: Veteran free agent S Darren Sharper said via SportsNola.com that his agent has recently talked to the Saints and that something is “on the horizon” as far as him returning to the Saints now that they have returned from a week in California. A possible Sharper signing could shore up depth at FS behind Malcolm Jenkins. — Larry Holder

That’s great news for the Saints who have some serious question marks in the secondary, primarily when it comes to depth at free safety and even strong safety.

Shaper is already very familiar with the Saints defense and did participate in off-season workouts with the team on the campus of Tulane University. Even at 35 years old, he represent a valuable addition to the secondary.

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  • tavia47

    I think they should bring Darren Sharper back it can’t hurt

  • tavia47

    I think they should bring Darren Sharper back it can’t hurt

  • Keith Null

    @tavia47 Sharper can still be a playmake inside the Saints defense, and given the overall lack of depth behind Jenkins and Harper his additon makes all the sense in the world. He will likely never have another season like 2009 but I gurantee that Gregg Williams wil find a way to get him on the field alongside Jenkins. Thanks for the comment and please come back often to talk Saints football!

  • Keith Null

    @tavia47 Sharper can still be a playmake inside the Saints defense, and given the overall lack of depth behind Jenkins and Harper his additon makes all the sense in the world. He will likely never have another season like 2009 but I gurantee that Gregg Williams wil find a way to get him on the field alongside Jenkins. Thanks for the comment and please come back often to talk Saints football!

  • tavia47

    You know I’m concern about the defense they are not playing the way that I envisioned them playing with the new additions. what do you think?

  • tavia47

    You know I’m concern about the defense they are not playing the way that I envisioned them playing with the new additions. what do you think?

  • Keith Null

    @tavia47 Right now I am not ready to hit the panic button just yet. The defense is still trying to find it’s identity given the rebuilt defensive line and a new combination of linebackers along side Vilma. There have been loads of substitutions on the defense through all three preseason games. Gregg Williams is trying to figure out what mix of players is the most potent, and as you would expect growing . I’ll start freaking out when the regular season rolls around and they have still not shown any improvement. Thanks for the comment and please check back often!

  • Keith Null

    @tavia47 Right now I am not ready to hit the panic button just yet. The defense is still trying to find it’s identity given the rebuilt defensive line and a new combination of linebackers along side Vilma. There have been loads of substitutions on the defense through all three preseason games. Gregg Williams is trying to figure out what mix of players is the most potent, and as you would expect growing . I’ll start freaking out when the regular season rolls around and they have still not shown any improvement. Thanks for the comment and please check back often!

  • KWBSLIM

    I don’t know what the front office is thinking. If we don’t bring sharper back we’re through. The ball finds a way into his hands at the right times. Opposing qbs fear his presence. He’s ready to have another great season and help propelling us to another super bowl. COME ON MAN!!!!!!!

  • KWBSLIM

    Don’t forget about all the picks that he had that were turned around due to penalty caused by someone on defence. Don’t forget about the pic six he had in the giants game that was called back due to team penalty. He really smoked what revising did that year. He was robbed out of a td and at least two other pics. He’s a beast in saints uniform. No comparrison when healthy all season long in a saints uniform. What part of it did they miss ( front office). COME ON MAN!!!!!!__

  • KWBSLIM

    I don’t know what the front office is thinking. If we don’t bring sharper back we’re through. The ball finds a way into his hands at the right times. Opposing qbs fear his presence. He’s ready to have another great season and help propelling us to another super bowl. COME ON MAN!!!!!!!

  • KWBSLIM

    Don’t forget about all the picks that he had that were turned around due to penalty caused by someone on defence. Don’t forget about the pic six he had in the giants game that was called back due to team penalty. He really smoked what revising did that year. He was robbed out of a td and at least two other pics. He’s a beast in saints uniform. No comparrison when healthy all season long in a saints uniform. What part of it did they miss ( front office). COME ON MAN!!!!!!__