Darren Sharper has found a new home with the New Orleans Saints, agreeing to a contract the terms of which are not yet available (I’m guessing it’s not a long-term deal given Sharper’s advanced age). The Bears at one point showed mild interest in Sharper but in the end it was pretty much the Saints or nowhere for the veteran safety. Sharper is the active career leader in interceptions with 54 – but only had 1 in 2008 with the Vikings.
Sharper, being the vocal fellow he is, could not resist poking the Vikings on the way out, saying the following in response to a question about Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams:
He’s excellent. I talked to guys around the league, and they loved playing for him. He doesn’t get caught up in, “This is my system.” He utilizes his players to the best of their ability, and that’s something I’ve been looking for the last couple of years.
This is not a new criticism from Sharper…in fact he’s been saying it for years. Let playmakers be playmakers. Well, now he’s in a place where he thinks he’ll be used right – so we’ll see what kind of season he has. If he has 8 picks and gets back to the Pro Bowl, then we’ll know he had a point. But if he plays like he did last year, i.e. like a guy who is basically through, then…I was gonna say he can shut his yap, but I don’t believe in miracles.