Darren Sharper. The fact of the matter is that the Bears need to fill the Safety position. It is still a wonder how many Bears starting safeties do well one season and either change teams or play backup another season. Sharper is not that player. The possible signing of Darren Sharper would ensure a starting safety.
Darren Sharper was drafted in the second round of the 1997 NFL draft by the Green Bay Packer's with the 60th pick. Darren Sharper's first year in the league he managed to assist Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers to a Super Bowl loss against the John Elway led Denver Broncos. In 2000 he led the league with 9 interceptions. In 2005 he tied for 3rd in the league with 9 interceptions. Last October he was the NFC Defensive Player of the Month. All the while earning his 5th trip to the Pro Bowl, and being named to the 2000's All Decade NFL team. He also in the 2009 season tied once again for the league leading position in interceptions.
All the while the combanation of all 4 Chicago Bears safeties only managed a total of 0 interceptions through 16 games. In the NFL turnovers win games. That is something that Head Coach Lovie Smith preaches religiously.
Darren Sharper would not only bring leadership to a Bears secondary that is in desperate need of such. He would also bring knowledge to impart to the rather young Bears group of safeties that could greatly improve the group as a whole. Craig Steltz will be going into his third year still learning the safety position, and Al Afalava will be entering his second year. These are the two safeties that hopefully will most likely comprise of the Bear's starting safeties moving forward.
Not only would Darren Sharper bring along his knoweledge at the Safety position and his skill set you can't count out a proven winner in the NFL. In his 8 seasons with the Green Bay Packers he helped compose an 85-43 record without one losing season. In his 4 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings he helped compose a 33-31 record with only one losing season. And last year with the Saints he helped them to a 13-3 record and the first Super Bowl win of his career.
Darren Sharper's records and expertise for the most part speak for themselves. He is a proven winner and a proven threat every time he is on the field. Sharper is the man that can help to take the secondary to the next level with a now dominant pass rushing threat in Julius Peppers. He is a leader in the locker room, a mentor to young players, and hopefully the next offseason acquistion for a Chicago Bears team that is desperate for a real "starting" safety.
Now don't get me wrong I hate any team that has to recruit Packers to win games in the first place (Minnesota Vikings), but after 3 NFL teams so far can Darren Sharper really call anywhere home? Why not Chicago.