Rumors have been circulating that the Green Bay Packers may re-sign their former safety Darren Sharper to replace Nick Collins. This rumor began because Collins was placed on season-ending injured reserve following his Week 2 neck injury against the Carolina Panthers.
Sharper is in search of a new home after being cut by the New Orleans Saints. Before his two seasons with the Saints, Sharper spent four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. The first eight seasons of Shaper's career were spent with the Green and Gold.
Unfortunately for Sharper, these rumors will not come true as the Packers already have their answer at the vacated safety position in backup Charlie Peprah.
Last season, after the Packers lost their rookie safety Morgan Burnett to an ACL tear in Week 4, Peprah filled in to play opposite Nick Collins. This time around, Peprah will be asked to fill in at the other safety position.
Peprah did a tremendous job filling in and assisted in making the Packers secondary one of the most feared in the league. In the Packers' base defense, Peprah started at safety alongside Collins in each of the remaining games including the playoffs and Super Bowl.
One of Peprah's finest plays of the 2010 season was in the Packers regular season finale as he intercepted an errant Jay Culter pass in the end zone to keep points off the board in the low scoring affair at Lambeau Field.
Peprah also played very well in the Super Bowl registering nine solo tackles, and an assisted tackle for a team-leading 10 combined tackles. When the Packers needed big performances, Peprah stepped up and delivered. He will be asked to do so again this year.
Peprah lost his starting job in training camp as Burnett showed off his renewed strength and play-making ability. Peprah wasn't demoted in any case, but was passed based on superb play by the second year player.
The Packers have no need for an aging Darren Sharper because of the youth and talent they currently have on the roster. If the Packers are to pick up a safety with the freshly vacant roster spot, the move would be more depth in case of another injury.
Sharper's career stats are more than impressive, but in his 14th season, it doesn't appear that he has much left to offer the Packers or any other NFL team at this point. Sharper doesn't agree as he tweeted the following, "The toughest thing about watching this weekends games is watching guys play that aren't half as good as u are."
Sharper is sure that he can still make an impact on an NFL team. That certainly may be the case, but because of the talent the Packers already have in Charlie Peprah, this impact will not be felt on the Packers.
Sharper had a great, eight-year career in Green Bay with 36 interceptions and five touchdowns. These numbers are likely to stay the same as Sharper looks to find a fourth team and return to the NFL.
The rumor is entertaining as it would re-unite an aging veteran with the team that got him started, but the move just doesn't make sense for the Packers at this point.