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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
More on Sharper pickup

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

The Saints just sent out the official announcement about Darren Sharper agreeing to terms. That gives me an opportunity for a few more thoughts and notes about this move.

First, a couple of numbers. Sharper leads all active NFL players with 54 career interceptions. He's been to four Pro Bowls in a 12-year career that's been split between the Packers and Vikings. He's returned eight interceptions for touchdowns, which ties him for fifth place in NFL history.

Next, a quote from general manager Mickey Loomis, who has done a very nice job of getting free agents despite limited salary-cap room.

"We are pleased to announce the addition of Darren to our team,” Loomis said. "Darren is an accomplished veteran player that brings a wealth of knowledge and ability to our secondary and has always possessed outstanding instincts and playmaking skills.”

Finally, Loomis will have to keep juggling the cap. We don't know details on Sharper's contract yet, but this could prompt the Saints to restructure some veteran contracts or release some players. With the arrival of Sharper and cornerback Jabari Greer, veteran defensive backs Kevin Kaesviharn, Mike McKenzie and Jason David might not be on very solid ground.