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Call It: Darren Sharper's future

Here’s a good question-and-answer session with New Orleans safety Darren Sharper.

This one’s a bit off the beaten path as Sharper talks about the places he’s traveled and his interest in a broadcasting career after football. But Sharper has made it known he wants to continue playing this season. At 35, Sharper was in a situation where the possibility of a missed season due to labor issues might have brought his career to an end.

But it’s looking more and more like something will get worked out on the labor front. That begs one question: Should the Saints re-sign Sharper? You can vote on that in our Call It poll to the right.

It’s a tough question. Sharper’s had a very good career and could end up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His presence in 2009 was instrumental in the Saints winning their first Super Bowl. But Sharper became something of an afterthought last season.

He was dealing with some injuries early in the season and Malcolm Jenkins took over as the starting free safety. Jenkins showed star potential and should be with the Saints for the long term. Sharper’s not under contract and will become an unrestricted free agent once the lockout ends. Strong safety Roman Harper also can become a free agent and, if he isn’t re-signed, it’s at least possible the Saints could re-sign Sharper and move him or Jenkins to strong safety.

I think that’s a long shot. My guess is the Saints will re-sign Harper or find someone younger than Sharper to fill that spot. Could Sharper stick around as a backup? Well, he’s a good guy to have in your locker room and all that.

But I’m going to cast my vote as a “no." My guess is Sharper will end up signing elsewhere. He thinks he still has something left in his legs and there are other teams out there on which he’ll have an opportunity to start.