Report: Sharper says Saints aren't showing the love
Darren Sharper says he’ll be able to hit the road on some free agent visits in about a week or so after his knee is healed up following arthroscopic surgery that was described as a cleanup procedure.
And he’ll hit the road because he says the New Orleans Saints have not shown him enough love yet, according to Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Translated, they haven’t showered him with enough cash yet.
"If the love was right, that would have been taken care of. The love would have been reciprocated," Sharper said.
The problem is he will be 35 this coming season. He’s coming off a Pro Bowl season when he tied for the league lead with nine interceptions, and he proved to be a perfect fit in Gregg Williams’ scheme. But he’ll be 35. Triplett points out that Sharper is pointing to Rod Woodson, who was a Pro Bowl performer all the way to 37.
“He's a guy I looked to as I was coming up in the early years of my career," Sharper said. "And I know the way I train and keep myself in shape, I could do that.
“I know what kind of player I am. And I think I showed that last year, showed what I could do. I don't think teams question that I can still play. I don't think they question that at all."
The question right now is if Sharper will be able to find a market for his services. The Saints were the only team that pursued him last year and that led to New Orleans getting him for a bargain, $1.7 million for one season. There was speculation he would be franchise tagged this year, but clearly paying him more than $6 million for one season would have been overpaying. Maybe he can reach a happy medium with the team on a short contract. It’s unlikely the Saints view him as an option for more than two more years. Otherwise, he’ll have to find a bidder elsewhere to help drive up the number.
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