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Even as Darren Sharper talked about how healthy he feels, and how prepared he is to lengthen his prolific NFL career filled with numerous highlights to a 15th season, he allowed himself to utter the phrase, “hang the boots.” Odds.

With the NFL lockout looming in and the uncertainty that surrounds it, the 5-time Pro Bowl safety has been taking into consideration some vastly diverse scenarios for this fall.

Yet, if the bargaining agreement simply shortens the season, or leads to reduced training camps, that could give Darren an advantage in his attempt to sign a third free-agent deal in as many seasons.

Nevertheless, a postponement would give coaches less time to test or develop rookies and youngsters, and make more precious the experience of veterans like Sharper. Scores.

Although Sharper is taking it easy and is open to play wherever he is needed, he said he rather stays in New Orleans, where he’s been practicing with Saints players who joined for workouts prearranged by quarterback Drew Brees at Tulane last month.

Sharper has played his past two seasons in New Orleans, each time on a one-year deal. In 2009, he intercepted nine passes, returning three for scores, was named All-Pro and helped the Saints win their first Super Bowl. Last season, he struggled after offseason microfracture surgical operation on his left knee, which forced the Saints to put him on the physically-unable-to-perform list to open the season. Las Vegas odds.

We will have to wait and see how this story ends for Sharper.

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