Biggs: Tag could make sense for Sharper

Will they or won’t they? It’s a hot topic these days and the question is whether or not the New Orleans Saints will secure the services of 34-year-old safety Darren Sharper with the mechanism known as the franchise tag.

NFL.com’s Steve Wyche is one of the latest to weigh in on the issue and he suggests that it is definitely going to happen before the Feb. 25 deadline. The Saints picked Sharper up in free agency last March for $1.7 million when he couldn’t find any other takers.

Fresh off a victory in Super Bowl XLIV, Sharper is going to cost more this time around, and the franchise tag would come at a price of $6.45 million, a lot of money for a safety of any age. Sharper tied for the league lead in interceptions with nine this past season.

The franchise tag might make the most sense for New Orleans. There have to be questions about how much longer Sharper can play at an elite level as a playmaker in Gregg Williams’ defense. That could make it difficult to hammer out a multi-year extension with the kind of guaranteed money Sharper will want – certainly north of $6.45 million. Tagging Sharper now will ensure his services for 2010 without the Saints having to fork over guaranteed money to cover a season – 2011 – that might not happen. Sharper comes out a winner, too, as he’ll be making nearly quadruple what he did in helping the Saints to the first Super Bowl appearance in franchise history.

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