At least two teams have been in contact with free-agent safety Darren Sharper, a league source tells Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
The Saints remain in contention to bring back the safety, who signed a one-year, $1.7 million contract with the team last offseason but appears to be garnering more interest this time around. Sharper reportedly hasn’t scheduled any visits, perhaps an indication that he’s still trying to negotiate a deal to remain in New Orleans.
Triplett mentions the Bears, Dolphins and Giants as the Saints’ competition for the 34-year-old safety, who tied for the league lead with nine interceptions in 2009.
On Friday night, the Giants signed safety Antrel Rolle to a five-year, $37 million contract. It’s unclear if Rolle’s signing will affect the Giants’ interest in Sharper. As the Giants’ roster currently stands, Rolle would be paired with emerging safety Kenny Phillips, who’s still working his way back from microfracture surgery.
Some more free-agent news from around the Web on Saturday:
- Veteran DE/LB Aaron Kampman, who’s still recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, visited with the Jaguars on Saturday.
- Following their trade for WR Anquan Boldin, the Ravens no longer view Derrick Mason‘s return as a priority.
- The 49ers apparently aren’t the only team looking at QB David Carr. The Giants would like him to return as Eli Manning‘s backup, and the Browns and Cardinals have expressed interest.
- The Redskins have been relatively quiet so far, but they’re expected to visit with free-agent RB Willie Parker next week. They also are still looking to make some other moves. The team hosted OT Tony Pashos on Friday and will host LB Larry Foote on Monday.