Dec 29, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen on the sideline against the Denver Broncos during the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Denver Broncos defeated the Oakland Raiders 34-14. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

All Things Saints: Your Daily News 2/21


For once, it appears that the Saints buzz in the news world isn’t solely about Jimmy Graham. However, that doesn’t mean much, as the news we bring to you today isn’t exactly thrilling.

Larry Holder | NOLA.com | Former teammates shocked, disgusted with charges surrounding former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper

“Shocked. I had the good fortune of working with him in New Orleans and my experience with him was nothing but the best,” former Saints secondary coach and current Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. “I don’t know. I obviously haven’t followed everything, what’s going on, but that was a shocking thing to me.”

According to former teammates, it was no secret in the locker room that Sharper was a ladies man. One former teammate said it was a badge of honor of sorts for Sharper.

As with any former players to have things happen such as this, it is always a complete shock. You don’t ever expect to hear things like this come true, but they are there. You often hear about stories from players in the past who played so brilliant on the field, but had their struggles and demons off the field. The perfect example? The Dallas Cowboys offensive line. If you haven’t seen the NFL Network Series: A Football Life special on them, I’d encourage you to check it out.

Jeff Duncan | NOLA.com | Time for Saints, Graham to forget tags, positions and get a deal done: The Daily Duncan

Check out the video, as Jeff Duncan weighs on of what needs to be done. I’d give more thoughts on this, but what’s the point? Consider the ‘dead horse’ beaten.

Mike Triplett | ESPN.com | Free agent spotlight: Safety Roman Harper

Projection: I think Harper still has some gas left in the tank and should land somewhere as either a starter or a rotational guy. He’ll fit best as a true strong safety who plays closer to the box in run support, occasionally blitzing and covering tight ends in short space. If used the right way, I still see Harper as an asset. And his experience and leadership will only enhance his value.

I won’t say that Roman Harper doesn’t have a chance to play somewhere, and if you honestly believe that, you might want to reevaluate your opinion of Harper. I have said before that I could see him reuniting with Gregg Williams, and could be a candidate for the Rams, as the team believes that Cortland Finnegan is not worth the hefty price tag he currently commands. The only downside with Harper is the amount of injuries that have plagued him.

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