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Darren Sharper to the Jets?

New Orleans safety Darren Sharper celebrates an interception

New Orleans safety Darren Sharper celebrates an interception with teammate Randall Gay. (Oct. 4, 2009) Photo Credit: AP

The Jets dealt safety Kerry Rhodes to the Cardinals, leaving a potential vacancy. Could Saints veteran free safety Darren Sharper be a replacement? 

Sharper seems to think so.

Sharper (pictured, forefront) told Mike Triplett of the Times-Picayune that he likes the idea of going to New York.

"I have the utmost respect for Rex Ryan, seeing what he did last year and how quickly he turned things around with a rookie quarterback," Sharper said. "And I sat down and watched that scheme and what they did. And like I've told people before, the New York teams, there's something about the big lights and the big city that fits me, and I know I would fit there."

Bottom line for Sharper: "Winning is the most important thing. The enjoyment I had winning a Super Bowl, that something you appreciate more than anything. A big part of your enjoyment comes from playing winning football. So you've got to make that the top priority."

One caveat with signing Sharper: Because of restrictions placed on the Jets due to the absence of a salary cap, they cannot sign Sharper until they lose a free agent who signs a deal equal to or more than any contract Sharper would sign with the Jets. The limitations were put on the Jets and the other three conference championship teams.

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