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Roman Harper | Defensive Back | #41

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (33) / 12/11/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 205
College: Alabama
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 2 (43) / NO
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Saints coach Sean Payton all but confirmed newly-signed SS Roman Harper will make the final roster.
Payton said he has "too much respect" for Harper to sign him in June just to cut him at the end of camp. With the Saints expected to employ more three-safety looks this season, Harper could have a bigger role than expected. Jun 9 - 2:16 PM

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Saints signed SS Roman Harper to a one-year, $1.065 million contract.

It is a homecoming for Harper, who was drafted in the second round by the Saints in 2006. Harper spent eight years in New Orleans before being cut in 2014, earning two Pro Bowl selections and a Super Bowl ring during that run. He should serve as veteran insurance behind oft-injured Jairus Byrd.
Jun 7 - 12:17 PM

FOXSports' Alex Marvez expects the Saints to "take a look" at free agent SS Roman Harper.

Harper spent the first eight years of his career in New Orleans. He was a 32-game starter for the Panthers the last two seasons. The Saints don't have a huge need for Harper after trading up for Vonn Bell in the second round, but could want some veteran insurance behind Kenny Vaccaro and always-injured Jairus Byrd.
Jun 1 - 6:37 PM

Panthers SS Roman Harper (eye) expects to be "all right" for the Super Bowl.

Harper left early in the second quarter after "the flap" over the cornea in his Lasik-repaired right eye shifted. "I took some medicine and got it cleared up," said Harper. "I’ll be all right. We’ve got two weeks to get this team ready." Tre Boston took over for Harper against the Cardinals, but it does not sound like he will be needed in the Super Bowl.
Jan 25 - 10:01 AM

Panthers SS Roman Harper is done for the day in the NFC Championship Game with an eye injury.

Harper could be seen trying to use a towel to deal with the pain in his eye, but it was determined just before the half that he could not reenter. The extent of the injury is unknown, as is Harper's Super Bowl availability.
Jan 24 - 8:16 PM

The Panthers' secondary recorded just two sacks last season.

That's down from 11 the year before. Carolina DC Sean McDermott didn't call for many safety blitzes in 2014 but that may have been because he didn't have the right personnel. The Panthers lost blitz specialists Quintin Mikell, Mike Mitchell and Captain Munnerlyn last offseason and the unit never seemed to recover. Roman Harper has the most sacks by a defensive back since 2006 but only one of those came last season. Even with versatile rookie Shaq Thompson in the mix, the Panthers are going to have a tough time generating pressure in 2015.
Sun, Jul 5, 2015 11:19:00 AM

Panthers agreed to terms with S Roman Harper, formerly of the Saints, on a two-year, $4.5 million contract.

The deal includes a $1.5 million signing bonus, which could be the extent of Harper's guaranteed money. Although the Panthers' safety corps is anything but settled, it's possible Harper is being signed with a situational role in mind. Now 31, Harper can't cover, but is still a passable in-the-box safety.
Sat, Mar 15, 2014 03:23:00 PM

Free agent S Roman Harper visited the Panthers Wednesday.

The Panthers are in the market for safety help after losing Mike Mitchell to the Steelers and as Charles Godfrey rehabs an Achilles' tendon tear. Harper, 31, is a two-time Pro Bowler that was released by the Saints last month after battling knee issues in 2013. He won't be expensive.
Thu, Mar 13, 2014 08:23:00 AM

ESPN Chicago's Mike C. Wright believes free agent S Roman Harper would be a "more realistic" Bears target than T.J. Ward.

Wright is convinced the Bears simply don't see safety as a high-value position, and therefore won't break the bank on a high-dollar safety. (Ward's Twitter profile deems him the "best safety in the league doe.") Harper would still be a tough fit in Chicago, where DC Mel Tucker's defense requires both safeties to at least be functional in pass coverage. Harper is a pure box safety.
Sat, Feb 15, 2014 10:43:00 AM

Saints released SS Roman Harper.

DE Will Smith's release cleared $11.55 million in cap space, while Harper's saves the Saints $2.18 million. Harper, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, was part of a safety rotation along with Kenny Vaccaro and Malcolm Jenkins for much of last season. He performed well in the playoffs but is 31 years old and battled a knee injury in 2013. Harper joins a crowded free-agent safety market and will likely have to settle for a one- or two-year deal with little-to-no guaranteed money.
Wed, Feb 12, 2014 05:37:00 PM

A league source tells Profootballtalk the Saints could release SS Roman Harper and pass-rusher Will Smith as early as Wednesday.

Smith, who sports a $10.4 million base salary and $13.9 million cap number, has long been considered as good as gone. ESPN Saints blogger Mike Triplett floated Harper as a potential cap casualty in December. Now 32, Harper was ineffective across 374 snaps last season, and is set to count $3.6 million against the cap. Even at that modest price, Harper likely isn't worth bringing back.
Tue, Feb 11, 2014 08:47:00 PM

ESPN Saints blogger Mike Triplett believes SS Roman Harper has a good chance of being a salary cap casualty in the offseason.

The Saints are scheduled to be way over the 2014 salary cap come March. They're going to have to do some trimming. Harper has missed seven games this season and is 31 years old. He's also due over $3 million next season. Pro Football Focus has graded Harper out as a below-average safety in 2013. He's mostly been a rotational player with Kenny Vaccaro and Malcolm Jenkins.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Dec 28, 2013 11:03:00 AM

Saints SS Roman Harper (knee) is active for Week 11 against the 49ers.

Harper's return comes as rookie S Kenny Vaccaro (concussion) sits out. It's the first time Harper has been active since Week 2. With Vaccaro sidelined, Harper should be in for a heavy dose of snaps despite the lengthy layoff.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 03:12:00 PM

Saints SS Roman Harper (knee) has been ruled out for Week 4.

Harper will miss his second straight game with a knee injury. Kenny Vaccaro and Malcolm Jenkins will handle all of the safety duties for Monday night's game against the Dolphins.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 04:00:00 PM

Saints S Roman Harper (knee) has been ruled out for Week 3 versus Arizona.

Kenny Vaccaro and Malcolm Jenkins will handle all of the safety duties against the Cardinals. Harper has been demoted to a sub-package blitzer only this year under new DC Rob Ryan. He has nine tackles and a pick in two games.
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 06:51:00 PM

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