The ink on the stories about Packers safety Nick Collins weren’t even dry yet when the first of several stories surfaced – one being from NFL Network’s Jason La Confora – asking the question about whether the Packers might be calling out the name of Darren Sharper as a replacement in the defensive backfield.
The once adequate safety who played eight years in Green Bay before heading to Minnesota and then winning a Super Bowl ring in New Orleans wouldn’t be a good fit for the Packers. If the team is indeed reaching out to the aged one, I would quite frankly be shocked.
Yes, they now have a serious hole at the position that needs filling right now. Yes, there are some serious questions about who will fill that void – Jarrett Bush? Charlie Peprah? But to consider Sharper, who in his prime was just adequate, is preposterous in my mind.
Do you remember 4th and 26 and Sharper arriving late as the Eagles crushed the Packers Super Bowl hopes in 2003?
Do you remember The Catch II with Terrell Owens beating Sharper to the ball and the touchdown in that crushing playoff loss to the 49ers way back in the late 1990s?
I sure do … and I’m hoping I don’t have to relive anything like that again.
The Packers brass would be wise to stay far away on this one.
Here’s La Canfora’s story: