It took a while but Darren Sharper is back in the fold with the New Orleans Saints as the veteran safety has agreed to a one-year contract, according to the National Football Post’s Mike Lombardi.

Sharper, who was voted to the Pro Bowl in his first season playing in Gregg Williams’ defense and tied for the NFL lead with nine interceptions, returns as the final piece for the Saints in their title defense this season.

While Sharper drew little interest as a free agent a year ago when he signed with the Saints for $1.7 million, he recently visited the Jacksonville Jaguars. The thought all along was that he would be back in New Orleans where he was a good fit in the scheme. It gives him a chance to play for another ring too.

There was some speculation after the season that the Saints would apply their franchise tag on Sharper. They didn’t want to make that kind of investment in him, though, in a player who will turn 35 in November.

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