Darren Sharper Not Franchised: Should Giants Inquire about Safety Net?

Mike GliddonCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 30:  Darren Sharper #42 of the New Orleans Saints intercepts the ball against the New England Patriots at the Louisiana Superdome on November 30, 2009  in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Reports coming out of Saints camp are that the team will not put their franchise tag on Darren Sharper. It has yet to be revealed if they will attempt to sign him to another deal or not.

One thing is certain if Sharper does become a free agent: The New York Giants should at least consider him.

Sharper is reportedly looking for a long-term deal, which may be tough to come by considering he is 34 and the 2011 season may be in jeopardy. But the Giants may be willing to take the risk.

Sharper had nine interceptions in 2009 and helped rejuvenate a Saints defense to propel them to a Super Bowl victory. He was also voted to the All-Pro team, despite people saying he was on the decline.

There are major concerns about the Giants defense right now, especially in the secondary.

As of right now, the Giants will have Michael Johnson, Aaron Rouse, and Kenny Phillips under contract for the 2010 season. This is scary, especially since Phillips is recovering from a serious knee injury and Johnson and Rouse were exposed last year.

Johnson isn't a bad safety, but he really thrives in stopping the run and requires a Batman to his Robin role in pass coverage. The secondary was playing well through the first few games until Phillips went down. The Giants' season followed.

A rookie safety should be drafted in the first three rounds as insurance if Phillips doesn't return to form, but he cannot be depended on to start alongside Johnson.

Not only would Sharper help a struggling secondary, but he would help the young safeties develop as well.