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Darren Sharper to the Jets?

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07: Safety Darren Sharper #42 of the New Orleans Saints warms up on the field prior to Super Bowl XLIV against the Indianapolis Colts on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Bleacher ReportContributor IMarch 12, 2010

Free agent Darren Sharper just recently indicated he would like to join the Jets and thinks they would be a good fit for him.

"I have the utmost respect for Rex Ryan, seeing what he did last year and how quickly he turned things around with a rookie quarterback. And I sat down and watched that scheme and what they did," Sharper said.

He added, "And like I've told people before, the New York teams, there's something about the big lights and big city that fits me, and I know I would fit there." 

Coming off an All-Pro year, including nine interceptions (and three returned for touchdowns), Sharper thrived in the aggressive Saints scheme. 

The Jets traded Kerry Rhodes to Arizona because he didn't make plays, wasn't the ball hawk they wanted, and he fell out of favor with the team. 

Sharper, 34, would be a great short-term solution and could step in and contribute right away. After his career year, there is no doubt he has gas left in the tank. After all, the Jets are a team built to win now.

There are obstacles to signing unrestricted free agents for the Green and White, but Sharper's lower price tag will make it easier to bring him in. 

Mike Tannenbaum has said they are comfortable with the safeties on their roster, but then again, he has said that before about other positions and didn't end up standing pat. Inking Sharper doesn't necessarily mean the team will not draft a safety, either.

The bottom line is that the Jets need to create more turnovers on defense and Sharper can help. Sharper would give Gang Green a super secondary.


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