Safety and pending free agent Darren Sharper said today that he puts his chances of returning to the Vikings at “50-50.” Sharper wants to return but he also knows the Vikings very well could move second-round pick Tyrell Johnson into his spot and thus spend money elsewhere.
Sharper met with coach Brad Childress on Monday and said he is now taking a wait-and-see approach to things. “I’d like to come back and I told a couple of guys that in my exit interview,” he said. “We’ll see what happens. … You never want to close the door because I know they believe I have a lot of good years of playing football left in my body. I know the defensive scheme and it would be easy for me to comeback. But they do have to think about the future. Tyrell is a guy who played and played well enough to show that he can be a starter. It’s a decision that management has to make.”
As for rumors that he might be going to Pittsburgh to join his former coordinator and college teammate Mike Tomlin, Sharper said: “I haven’t talked with anyone. There are tampering rules [in place] so I haven’t heard from anyone yet.”
Free agency will begin in late February.