I received an email saying that there is an ESPN Insider “rumor mill” report about the perceived interest the Texans might have in Darren Sharper. You have to be a paid subscriber to read the full article, and this person emailed me the entire text. Here is what I think is going on: The writer of this article is strictly speculating on landing spots for Sharper. He used draft results to narrow down the field, and came up with the Texans, Cowboys, Redskins, and Saints as possible places of interest.
From there – I’m pretty certain what happened was – the daytime host on 980 AM ESPN Radio up here in Washington DC read ESPN Insider in order to find some show content – and rather than explaining that what he was reading was speculation, he characterized it as a “REPORT” rather than speculation from ESPN Insider.
Even if we do have interest, I doubt we’re in play for Sharper, because if Sharper wasn’t trying to get the max dollars possible – he would have stayed with the Saints… unless the Saints are just ruthlessly low-balling him, which of course is possible.
I think this is a case of a radio host not giving all the pertinent information… and a Texans blogger getting really excited, swerving over to the roadside, and quickly tapping out an excited entry on his phone. Given the context of what the host said, it sounded like there was REPORTED interest by the Texans – when it might just in fact be a guy looking for show content and leaving out the fine print.
…and people wonder why I’m so obsessed with little details of blogging and “reporting”. This would be a prime example. There’s a WORLD OF DIFFERENCE between a “report” and an “article of speculation”. Every single little word counts… and though I am merely a blogger – I do strive for at least some modicum of journalistic integrity.
I just pulled over to post this from my phone. My computer is out of commission for a few days.
As many of you know, I am in Northern Virginia taking care of some family business. I just heard on the ESPN affiliate, 980, that the Texans, Redskins, and Cowboys are in play for free agent safety Darren Sharper if he doesn’t end up back with the Saints.
I think it’s highly unlikely that we pony up to pay for Sharper, especially considering the big spenders we are apparently in competition with – but what an addition he would be, even if just for a season.
More later when I can get to a (someone else’s) computer. if anyone can find a link and put it in the comments, it would be appreciated.