According to the SportsTrust Advisors agency, the New Orleans Saints are bringing back veteran safety Roman Harper.
The news was announced on Tuesday morning.
It was just a week ago that Alex Marvez hinted on SiriusXM NFL Radio that the two could reunite, as he 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.”
Harper was reportedly spotted at the Saints team facility last week, as noted by The Advocate’s Nick Underhill.
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.
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.
With the Saints potentially eyeing more three-safety sets for 2016, the move really makes sense. Even with Vonn Bell, Jairus Byrd, and Kenny Vaccaro figured to be the team’s top choices at safety, you definitely need the depth.