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Source: Saints let Sharper test market

Updated: February 23, 2010, 11:57 AM ET
By Adam Schefter | ESPN

The New Orleans Saints will not place their franchise tag on Pro Bowl safety Darren Sharper, a source close to the situation said Monday.

The Saints have decided to allow Sharper to test the free-agent market, though they will try to re-sign him. The 34-year-old is expected to be the top free-agent safety available.

A 13-year veteran, Sharper was essential to the Saints' Super Bowl title. He tied for the most interceptions in the NFL in 2009 (nine) and returned three for touchdowns.

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