Darren Sharper, a key to the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl run, suggested that he's now open to play for the Bears on Monday.
But that begs the question: Has Sharper legitimately changed his tune or he is just trying to drum up interest?
I'm leaning toward the latter.
After the Saints upset the Indianapolis Colts, I asked Sharper if he planned to re-sign with the Saints or test free agency.
"Repeat, repeat," he told me. "We're going to win another one.
Asked if that meant he wasn't looking to leave, Sharper said, "I want to try to repeat.
"That's the next goal."
In addition, Sharper said before the Super Bowl that he was more of a "protector" in the Minnesota Vikings defense, which, like the Bears, is Cover Two based. He lamented that he didn't get as many opportunities to make plays and "trust my instincts."
In 48 games with the Vikings, in the Tampa Two defense, Sharper intercepted nine passes. in 14 games last season with the Saints, Sharper intercepted nine passes, returning three for touchdowns.
On ESPN Radio's The Waddle & Silvy Show in Chicago, Sharper said he's willing to play anywhere, although he talked up Bears coach Lovie Smith.
"Coach Lovie Smith, I have the utmost respect for him," Sharper said. "I've played against him for many years and seen how he's built that program in Chicago. I'm a firm believer in what he's doing up there. I love the Chicago fans. Wherever I go I want to go to a great fan base, and Chicago has one of the best fan bases in all of the NFL."
Sharper is 34 years old, and he needs interceptions to help his Pro Football Hall of Fame cause. Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will empower Sharper to keep making plays.
At the end of the day, unless he gets an overwhelming offer from the Bears or anyone else, I think Sharper will return to New Orleans.