Sharper: Any team is an option

Updated: March 1, 2010, 3:49 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

The Chicago Bears have stated that their offseason priority is safety, and one of the NFL's best, Darren Sharper, is on the market after the New Orleans Saints decided not to franchise him.

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So could there be a match?

"Anywhere is an option," Sharper said Monday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "Coach Lovie Smith, I have the utmost respect for him. 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, who talked briefly with the Bears as a free agent last offseason before signing with the Saints, tied for the NFL lead with nine interceptions in his first season in New Orleans.

Next season will be his 15th in the NFL, and Sharper said he can adjust to any system, the Bears' Cover 2 included.

"I went to a Pro Bowl in a Cover 2 system in Minnesota, and I feel like I've proven I can be successful in any system," Sharper said. "Any system of defense you can play I think I've played it, and I think I've been pretty successful in doing it.

"As far as playing the Cover 2, I think the numbers as far as interceptions won't be as high compared to the system I played in under [Saints defensive coordinator] Gregg Williams. I'm able to play a lot more areas of the football field. In the Cover 2 system, you're in one spot and if the ball doesn't come your way, you can't go get the ball. But you can still be successful in the Cover 2."