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Friday, February 14, 2014
Jaguars courted Darren Sharper in 2010

By Michael DiRocco

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Sometimes the best signings are the ones you don’t make.

That is certainly the case for the Jacksonville Jaguars in light of the recent news that former NFL safety Darren Sharper was charged by Los Angeles County prosecutors for allegedly drugging and raping two women.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune also reports that Sharper is being investigated in connection with alleged rapes in New Orleans, Nevada and Arizona.

The Jaguars tried to sign Sharper in April 2010, just months after he helped the New Orleans Saints win their first Super Bowl. According to the Florida Times-Union, Sharper spent a day in Jacksonville but could not reach an agreement on a contract with then-Jaguars general manager Gene Smith.

Sharper eventually re-signed with the Saints and played one more injury-riddled season in New Orleans before retiring.

Smith was courting Sharper to help upgrade a pass defense that ranked 27th in 2009 and to also mentor young safety Reggie Nelson.