Saints FS Darren Sharper to the Jaguars?

Photo: Bleacher Report

In a recent Pro Football Talk article, writer Gregg Rosenthal brought up that Sharper was planning on coming back for another season. Will it be his last? It doesn’t say, but I can tell you this much: Darren Sharper would be a tremendous upgrade to the Jaguars secondary. Ignore all the “mentor” stuff. His on-field play might be slower and might be slightly less effective than during the Saints Super Bowl run, but there really is no argument that Sharper is less of a safety than anyone on the Jaguars roster. If I’m GM Gene Smith, this would help me sleep at night. After all, Smith tried to hire Sharpers services before.

In April of 2010, Sharper visited the Jaguars. It was later reported that Sharper received a better offer from the Jaguars than from the Saints. In the end, Sharper’s loyalty and the possibility of a second championship run returned him to the Saints where he had microfracture knee surgery and a mostly ineffective season compared to years past.

When asked about playing football in 2011, Sharper told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that it was “…something I don’t definitely have to do…I want to”. That’s heart Ladies and Gentlemen and heart makes plays that talent doesn’t. Sharper is as talented as any free safety of the last 10 years. At this point, only one question remains to ask: Has he fully recovered from the surgery?

“I feel like pre-surgery” Sharper told the Times-Picayune.

That’s an amazing tell if true. He goes on to say that he’s been “pushing it pretty hard, working out harder than most of the young guys out here training.” He also goes on to mention that he has “been able to bounce back the next day”. He apparently has no desire to hold back. Sharper is known for his work ethic, but does that guarantee a roster spot? With cornerback turned free safety Malcolm Jenkins transforming into a star, Sharper could have a harder time securing a roster spot. I’m not sure if the Saints are keen on bringing back former starters.

In the event that Sharper does find himself looking for work, he would be a welcome addition to the Jaguars and would find it easy to unseat current starter Don Carey, who had a woeful 2010 season while going through a position switch.


Random Tupac Quote of the day:

“Reality is wrong. Dreams are for the real.”

Let’s dream Sharper to the Jags. It will help me sleep tonight.

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  • Chris

    Im sick of the Jags spending money on injured players…Spend big onetime on a guy like Asmouga and all problems are wiped away for the most part…Its like buying anew car…Get a used one if you hvae money in the bank to fix it if it goes down….To many times jags get someone who was injured and it bites them everytime….Im not sure if its our team Drs…but from kampmann, Porter, Mike Sims Walker….I dont know why we have to hold onto this cheap spending dream…
    My money is Darren will be here cause every other team is smarter and the Jags will offer the most…

    • Brandon Clark

      I’ll hit some of the main points

      it will be interesting to see where he goes

      the big deal is that there is a difference between past injuries and new injuries

      the whole point is void if asomugha gets injured

      porter was just bad in general. injury or not

      but as I wrote in the article, asomugha would be financially detrimental to the team. I’d be excited if they did it, but

      As far as Kampman, he played great until he got injured. I feel confident he’ll play well again. Now, if he’s injured a third time with significant time lost, we have a different story.

  • Eric Lewis

    Quintin Mikell of Eagles would be better option–only 30.

    • Brandon Clark

      you’re right

      Pro Football Focus rated him the 28th player in the NFL last season