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Roman Harper | Defensive Back

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 12/11/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 205
College: Alabama
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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. Jul 5 - 11:19 AM

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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.
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

Saints SS Roman Harper (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

Harper has been dealing with the knee injury since last week, but was able to play Sunday despite being listed as questionable. He's already lost his starting job to rookie Kenny Vaccaro and will continue to see playing time in sub-packages.
Wed, Sep 18, 2013 04:29:00 PM

The New Orleans Times-Picayune expects new Saints DC Rob Ryan's aggressive, attacking 3-4 defense to be a "great fit" for SS Roman Harper.

Harper made two Pro Bowls in old DC Gregg Williams' defense, and the Times-Picayune expects Ryan's to be "similar" in its approach. Harper has always been an effective blitzer and "in the box" safety, even if he typically struggles when he's not moving forward. In training camp, Harper will compete for playing time with Malcolm Jenkins and first-round pick Kenny Vaccaro.
Mon, Jul 1, 2013 02:12:00 PM

Saints SS Roman Harper's new contract is worth $10.5 million over three years.

They basically tore up Harper's old deal -- which put him among the NFL's ten highest paid safeties -- and are now guaranteeing only $4 million of a contract worth $3.5 million annually. Harper took a large pay cut, and none of his payments are guaranteed beyond 2013. Harper will compete for snaps with Malcolm Jenkins and Kenny Vaccaro. All three could play in three-safety sets.
Fri, May 24, 2013 06:13:00 PM

Saints SS Roman Harper has agreed to an "extension" that pays him $4 million guaranteed this season.

We've air quoted "extension" because it's actually a pay-cut. Harper had been set to make $5.25 million this season, with $2.6 million of it guaranteed. The extra year, 2015, allows the Saints to stretch out bonus money and cap hits. Harper has no guaranteed money beyond 2013. Considering Harper's nightmarish 2012 play, it's not a bad deal for the 30-year-old safety.
Fri, May 24, 2013 10:47:00 AM

Saints SS Roman Harper has agreed to a restructured contract.

It's been a long-time coming, but it's unclear what the sides have done. $2.6 million of Harper's $5.25 million base salary became guaranteed by virtue of remaining on the roster through March. It's possible his salary has been slashed to only the guaranteed amount. Harper's play in 2012 would certainly dictate such a move. The full details of the restructure should soon emerge.
Fri, May 24, 2013 09:41:00 AM

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