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Old 05-04-2010, 08:12 AM   #1
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Default Sharper Signs One Year Deal With Saints

Safety Sharper sticks with Saints, eyes another Super Bowl title run

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NEW ORLEANS -- All-Pro safety Darren Sharper decided Monday to return to the Saints and try for a Super Bowl championship repeat next season.

"He's real motivated to win another Super Bowl," Sharper's agent, Joel Segal, said after his client agreed to a one-year deal. "It's rare to have that opportunity, and he's very excited."

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis also confirmed in an e-mail that Sharper had agreed to terms for one more season. Loomis didn't disclose financial terms.

Sharper said in a text message to The Associated Press: "Just wanna tell you I'm extremely happy to be a Saint again. Now we can work on winning another world championship for the city of New Orleans."

Sharper intercepted nine passes last season, returning three for touchdowns of 99, 97 and 42 yards, to help the Saints win their first Super Bowl championship. His total of 376 interception-return yards set an NFL single-season record, breaking the mark of 358 yards set by Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed in 2004.

Sharper leads all active NFL players in interceptions with 63, which places him in a tie with Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott for sixth on the league's all-time list. Sharper's 11 career interception returns for TDs rank second to Hall of Fame safety Rod Woodson's 12. Sharper's 1,412 career interception-return yards also rank second to Woodson's 1,483.

Sharper, 34, had hoped for a multiyear deal, but his negotiating position appeared to weaken when he had minor arthroscopic surgery after the Super Bowl to alleviate swelling in his left knee, which intermittently bothered him during the second half of the 2009 season. He talked with other teams, including the Jacksonville Jaguars last week, before deciding to remain in New Orleans, where he made several offseason appearances to soak in post-Super Bowl celebrations.

"We have said since the end of the season that we would love to have Darren back in a Saints uniform for 2010, and I'm glad we've been able to make that happen," Loomis said in a statement released by the team. "Darren was an integral part of our Super Bowl-winning team, and we look forward to having him back."

Soon after agreeing to terms with the Saints, Sharper posted a note on his Twitter account, saying: "To the entire WHO-DAT Nation, guess what? I'M BAACKK!"

Sharper will enter his 14th NFL season out of William & Mary. He spent his first eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers, who drafted him in the second round in 1997. He then played four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings before joining the Saints last season.

The agreement with Sharper represented a fresh dose of good news for the Saints, who for the past few days have dealt with the fallout from a civil lawsuit alleging that the team covered up a senior staff member's theft of Vicodin prescription pills.

The Saints have denied those allegations, but the Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed to The Associated Press on Sunday night that the agency was aware of the allegations and an investigation was pending.

The civil suit, seeking damages and back pay, was filed by a former security director who claims he was compelled to resign because of the team's handling of the Vicodin episode.
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Old 05-04-2010, 12:02 PM   #2
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Glad to see Sharper back in N.O. He was one of the keys to their defense last season and I don't think they would have been nearly as successful without him.

I was hoping the Steelers would pick him up while he was still on the market, but apparently we only sign free agents who have already played on our team before.
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Thank the Pope!!!

I was praying that he doesnt land in Jacksonville and be a problem to my beloved Colts
History Will remember 19-0, but not 18-1...Sorry Patriots
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