Report: Sharper had knee surgery

Darren Sharper might need to get off crutches before he begins his free-agent tour.

The veteran safety has undergone arthroscopic knee surgery and showed up for the premier of the Super Bowl DVD for the New Orleans Saints using crutches, according to Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times Picayune.

Sharper told Triplett that the surgery was performed to corrent a lingering knee issue. It’s believed the injury forced the durable Sharper out of two games last season. He’s played in 16 games in a season in seven of the 13 years he’s been in the league.

The Saints are believed to want Sharper back and there was considerable debate last month whether or not the organization would place the franchise tag on him. They didn’t and he’s been shopping for a more lucrative deal than he had last year when he proved to be a good fit in Gregg Williams’ defense. Sharper couldn’t find any takers and wound up signing in New Orleans for $1.7 million for the year.

Per Triplett, Sharper didn’t want to discuss his situation as a free agent after arriving at the Prytania Theater. It would seem his best move would be to re-sign with the Saints.

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