Report: Sharper focusing on knee rehab

Free agency remains a slow go for Darren Sharper as the Super Bowl champion rehabilitates his left knee following a clean-up procedure to alleviate an issue that kept him out of two regular-season games for the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints want Sharper back but the process remains fluid right now, according to Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, who caught up with the Pro Bowl performer.

"Right now I am just concentrating on my rehab so I'm ready for OTAs (organized team activities) wherever I'm playing," Sharper told Triplett.

There was some thought that the Saints would place the franchise tag on the 34-year-old Sharper, but clearly they don’t want to pay him more than $6 million per season. They got him for a bargain last year when they signed him for $1.7 million and he’s trying to drum up a market for his services right now. That bid is not working, at least publicly. Of course, he’s got to get healthy before another team is probably going to invest in him. He tied for the league lead with nine interceptions last season, but the question is a fair one: How much does Sharper have left in the tank.

"We'll see. We'll do that process," Saints coach Sean Payton said from the owners meeting. "Certainly he's a guy who was a big factor in our success a year ago. You know he's a guy who not only us, I'm sure a handful of teams are paying attention to."

Odds have to remain good that Sharper returns to the Saints to play in the Gregg Williams’ defense that he enjoyed so much. But until a deal is done, certainly anything is possible.

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