Could the Saints reunite with Roman Harper?


On SiriusXM NFL Radio programming on Wednesday, host Alex Marvez dropped a big nugget that New Orleans Saints fans might just be interested in with free agent strong safety Roman Harper.

Marvez said, “Don’t be surprised if the Saints take a look at signing Roman Harper. He’s a familiar face who would add veteran presence in secondary.”

Following the 2013 season, Roman Harper‘s eight year run with the black and gold ended on February 12, 2014. The move was widely expected, and saved the team some $2.18 million in salary cap space at the time. Harper would quickly found work with the Carolina Panthers just a month later on a two-year, $4.5 million deal. Harper would start all 32 games for the Panthers, but hasn’t exactly received much interest on the free agent market.

It wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world, although fans have a distinct line in the sand drawn on their feelings with the veteran strong safety. Harper, who turned 33 in December, could fill a void left after the team released Vinnie Sunseri and with the unknown status of Jairus Byrd. Now, this doesn’t mean Harper would be a lock to make the final 53-man roster by any means, but could add value to the team’s locker room.

His best years may be past him and he’d likely require a considerable amount of veteran rest days, but It’s hard to shoot down a player on a 15-1 team last season that played in 86.5 percent (951 snaps) of one the league’s top 10 defenses.