It is that time of year where we have to start wondering whether some of the most recognizable players on the New Orleans Saints are about to play in their final game in the Dome.
One such candidate is safety Roman Harper. While he has one more year on his contract, age, other youngsters on the roster and the cap hit itself may force Harper out of New Orleans this offseason.
Jeff Duncan of NOLA.com pondered this exact question, and Harper himself had not actually considered it:
“I hadn’t thought about it. But if it is, it is,” Harper said when asked if this could be his final home game as a Saint. “If I’ve got to come here with another team, I’ll do that, too.”
“It’s a business first, there’s no doubt about it,” Harper said. “It is what it is, and once you understand that part of it, you take emotions out of it. It’s all business — X and Y has to equal Z.”
Harper is under contract next season, but he fully understands the reality of the situation. He knows the Saints are millions over the projected $126 million salary cap next season. He knows the final year of his contract, which calls for him to earn $3.5 million in salary and bonuses, makes him a possible, if not likely, cap casualty — especially in light of the reduced role he’s played this season.
Harper does seem to be on his way out, but whether it is next year or after is still up in the air. Regardless, make sure to cheer on Harper for all the great he has done come Sunday, because it may be the final time fans get to see him in the Saints’ colors.
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