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Falling

Darren Sharper, safety, Saints. He’s been dangling out there in free agency and it doesn’t sound as if the Saints have budged from their initial offer. There were rumblings they had a plan in place to slide cornerback Malcolm Jenkins to free safety.

Those rumblings grew a lot stronger when the Saints drafted cornerback Patrick Robinson with their first-round pick. That pick cleared the way for Jenkins to make a move. This one was a tough call because Sharper had nine interceptions last year. But the fact he’s 34 was something the Saints never lost sight of. They wanted Sharper back, but only if the price was right. Now, Sharper’s making his free-agent tour. Kind of ironic how the guy who was the last piece in New Orleans’ championship puzzle is now up for grabs. But it’s another reminder that this is a business, not a game.

Rising

Josh Freeman, quarterback, Buccaneers. The guy who is supposed to be the franchise in Tampa Bay got what he needed most -- some help. The Bucs drafted receivers Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams. It might take a little time to learn the system, but they come in instantly with better physical skills than any of the receivers the Bucs had on the roster before the draft.

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