Loomis: Saints have figure in mind for Sharper

We found out a couple of weeks back that unrestricted free-agent safety Darren Sharper is open to returning to the Saints, one of the teams on a short list of favorites.

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis held his pre-draft news conference Friday, and he touched on the topic of Sharper, saying the two sides have stayed in touch, according to The Times-Picayune.

“We have a specific idea of what we want to pay Darren,” Loomis said. “But if another team offers a big contract, I’ll be happy for him, just like I was happy for Scott Fujita (when he signed with the Browns),” Loomis said. “(Sharper) has expressed pretty clearly that he’d prefer to be back with the Saints. But I understand he wants to maximize his earnings.”

So the love between the Sharper and Saints is mutual, and on the record. But it remains to be seen if Sharper is willing to take what the Saints are offering.

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