Green Bay free safety Darren Sharper release by the Packers on Thursday wasn't a surprise to anyone, since he was to have received a $2.6 million roster bonus this weekend.
The Steelers wouldn't want to pay Sharper, one of the NFL's top
free safeties over the past five or six years, that kind of money.
But they could be a nice partner for the 29-year-old Sharper to
land should he like a shot at a Super Bowl.
Some have compared Sharper's situation to that of New
England's Rodney Harrison, who was released by San Diego
two years ago and signed with New England. Harrison was the
glue that held the New England secondary together in 2004
when Law suffered a season-ending Lis Franc injury in a game
An eight-year veteran, the 6-2, 210-pound Sharper has 36 career interceptions, including four in 2004. Though he's not
considered a big-hitter like Harrison, he's a solid tackler and
recorded 70 total tackles last season, when he earned his third
trip to the Pro Bowl.
Current Steelers' free safety Chris Hope is coming off his first
season as a starter, but recorded just one interception. Hope did
do a fine job in run support, but there are some in the
organization who feel the Steelers need more of a playmaker at
free safety to team with Pro Bowl strong safety Troy Polalmalu.
Hope is a restricted free agent, though the Steelers have offered
him a one-year tender.
Steelers may have an interest in Sharper
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