New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper knows a little bit about what it might feel like to be in Brett Favre’s shoes this week. Sharper, a teammate of Favre’s for eight seasons in Green Bay, jumped ship from the Packers to the Vikings following the 2004 season.
Sharper told Sirius radio during an interview this week that he sees the fit between Favre and the Vikings.
“It is the right fit,” Sharper said. “I’m not a prognosticator, I’m not into making predictions, but I will predict that if everything goes well with his meeting with coach [Brad] Childress, I can see Brett playing for Minnesota this year.
“There’s always a lot of things on the business side that have to be taken care of. But it is a perfect fit because of the style of offense they run, Brett is familiar with that, being in the West Coast style. He is familiar with coach (Darrell) Bevell (the Vikings’ offensive coordinator), who coached him in Green Bay.
“You might see him wearing that No. 4 in purple. That will be a sight to see.”
Sharper told NFL.com during a live chat last week that contract talks with the Vikings stalled after the season, making his decision to join the Saints an easy one. Still, the four-time Pro Bowler believes the addition of Favre would make the Vikings a 12-win team.
“If he’s able to stay healthy for the whole season, which will be a big factor, because he is going to be 40 years of age,” Sharper said. “I don’t think he’s going to be asked to do as much as he did in New York. He might not be asked to throw the ball 20 or 25 times because of such a strong running attack that Minnesota has. They will win 12 games.”