2010 NFL Free Agency: Why Darren Sharper Should Consider the Dallas Cowboys

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistApril 8, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 16:  Darren Sharper #42 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after a defensive play that was negated due to an offensive penalty against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Louisana Superdome on January 16, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 45-14.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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It's been difficult to find time to discuss some of the more underrated free agents of the 2010 offseason.  However, even with the draft taking up most peoples time, I find it tough to overlook star safety—and more importantly, potential free agent—Darren Sharper.

As of now, Darren has been quiet this offseason.  With a Super Bowl win surely present in his mind, Darren has also found it tough to discuss his probable future, and although he has been asked time and time again about his feelings toward certain teams, Sharper doesn't seem ready to give a definite answer just yet.

One option intrigued me when researching NFL.com earlier. 

The probability of a Darren Sharper signing with the Dallas Cowboys

Sure, Dallas have had their fair share of safeties and defensive backs recently that have turned out to be nothing more than your garden variety type player (ie. see Pacman Jones).  

However, Darren Sharper is one of a kind, and with talent booming in just about every department, old timer Jerry Jones will be perking up and dancing along like he did in the '90s to the tune of Darren Sharper's magic-making feet.

While this is all very good and humorous talk, it is important to discuss business.  Just what would Darren bring to the Cowboys, and more importantly, what would Dallas bring to Darren Sharper?

Well it's simple.  Not only would Darren bring his cool and laid-back attitude to the city of Dallas, he would also bring a skill set that would fit in well with Wade Phillips' 2010 plans, and hopefully give the Cowboys that added depth that has been lacking when the going gets rough.

Going off topic for a moment, consider this.  When Dallas took a shock loss in the playoffs last season, the defensive backs were the main course for concern.  Time after time Dallas was burnt by Brett Favre and Brad Childress' arsenal of diabolical wide receivers, and although Dallas' cornerback unit is decent, their safeties are nowhere near par.

Now we get back to Sharper, and after discussing Dallas' problems, I think you'll agree that he meets their needs. The only problem that remains for Dallas is the cost that comes with signing Sharper, and also the factor of playing a little hard to get as Sharper doesn't seem keen to show any interest in any team at this point in time.

However, now I move to my second point, what Dallas could do for Darren.  Although this list is rather long, I'll try and keep it short. 

The first obvious point is that Dallas is a team on the map, and they could not only make Sharper more famous than he already is, but they could shape and possibly mold him for a future Hall of Fame induction.

The other point is that the Cowboys may be a year or two away from the big dance, and with their first playoff win in over a decade coming last year, Tony Romo has a taste for victory and is ready to give the Dallas faithful a reason to cheer.

Overall, the NFC East also benefits from this trade.  A fatal four-way between the Eagles, Redskins, Giants, and Cowboys would boost immensely if Darren Sharper were thrown into the picture.

Therefore, everyone benefits, so why not make it happen?  Well, it depends on Darren.  On NFL.com he was asked of the possibility of a Dallas signing, and had this to say:

"Dallas has a great organization and a great team. So they definitely fit the requirements for a possible destination. That's about as much as I can say!"

A man of few words, but a man of great play, Dallas needs to keep their wallets open.  When Sharper is ready to sign, which will hopefully be soon, they may be wise to go the full nine yards and acquire Darren Sharper.  What Darren does for Dallas, is equal to what Dallas does for Darren.  Let's just hope it happens.