Football: Sharper to stay with Saints

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May 3, 2010

8:22 PM

After capturing his first Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints in February, All-Pro safety Darren Sharper ’97 has signed a one year deal to stay with the team. The terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.

Sharper, who is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery, wanted a multiyear deal, but the Saints were unwilling to grant one, causing the safety to test the free agent waters.

He visited with Jacksonville, among other places, but he eventually landed back in New Orleans.

Sharper, who was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1997, spent eight years in Green Bay and four in Minnesota before signing with the Saints last season.

He was an instant impact player for the Saints. At 34 years of age, he intercepted nine passed, returned three for touchdowns and narrowly missed out on Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Sharper, a standout at the College, will return to Williamsburg this summer as an instructor at the annual Colonial All-Pro Camp. Sharper will share the sidelines with his former Head Coach, Jimmye Laycock, his Saints teammate Drew Brees and Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu.

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