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New Orleans Saints: Darren Sharper’s “Shake” Headed To Another Team?

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Darren would end up having micro-fracture arthroscopic surgery on his left knee following the Super Bowl.  He had signed only a one year contract with the Saints and analysts felt that the Saints may use the franchise tag to keep him in New Orleans.

But the Saints have been known for not using the franchise tag and Sharper was a free agent in March 2010.

I know that I was beginning to sweat a little when this happened.  I felt Sharper was a great asset to the Saints and was joking to friends that I was going to send Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis a doctor bill for blood pressure medication.

When Loomis was questioned about Sharper, he coyly said that he had “all the love in the world for Darren Sharper”, he just didn’t have “all the money in the world for Darren Sharper”.

Rumors began flying that the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets were possibly interested in him.  He was also making sly comments about going elsewhere.

Saints fans breathed a sigh of relief when Sharper was resigned in May of 2010.  But because of the surgery, he was placed on the Physically Unable To Perform list, or PUP list as they call it.

Sharper was activated in Week 7 against the Cleveland Browns and I don’t even need to go into that travesty.

The next week on  October 31, 2010, the Saints would host the Pittsburgh Steelers.   I remember being in the Superdome, wearing my Sharper jersey,  and telling my wife I had a feeling about him this game.

Sharper seemed to return to his old self as he was in the right place when Steeler’s Tight End Heath Miller fumbled the football and it bounced right to Sharper.  I screamed like a mad man all while pointing at my jersey.  But that would be about it for the screaming though for the rest of the season.