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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; News came slowly but surely from the New Orleans Saints yesterday on the fates of LB Jonathan Vilma and DE Will Smith with the team for the upcoming season. Both players had agreed to restructure their contracts, not only to ...

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Old 03-13-2013, 06:05 PM   #1
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News came slowly but surely from the New Orleans Saints yesterday on the fates of LB Jonathan Vilma and DE Will Smith with the team for the upcoming season. Both players had agreed to restructure their contracts, not only to remain with the Saints, but help them get under the salary cap as well.

Smith agreed to reduce his base salary of $9 million to $3 million while Vilma dropped his from $4.8 million to a mere $1 million. This not only got the Saints under the salary cap but gave them just a bit of breathing room as well. Amidst these moves, one that everyone was waiting for but never came was the decision concerning safety Roman Harper.

Like Smith and Vilma, Harper was expected to be offered the same deal going into free agency: restructure or get released. In fact it's truly puzzling considering Harper would be the one closer to the chopping block than Smith or Vilma simply due to his inconsistent play over the past several years.

Harper's best year seemed to be in 2007 when he registered 75 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 3 interceptions. The arrival of former Saints safety Darren Sharper helped garner Harper a Pro Bowl spot for the 2009 season but that was the big shining moment for him.

Since then Harper only excels in one area at a time, be it tackles (115 in 2012), sacks(7.5 in 2011), or getting burned in coverage (teams like the San Francisco 49ers actually designed passing plays against him). This leaves the question as to why Harper, who is due $5.25 million in base salary in 2013, wasn't one of the first in line for a contract restructure.

One point brought up yesterday in discussions was the possibility of a trade with another team for his services. A possibility of a reunion with his former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who is now with the Tennessee Titans. Williams was a big fan of Harper's when no one else was.

But don't expect a huge draft pick here if it happens. Harper was a second round pick in 2006 and the Saints would be lucky to get a fifth round for him.

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Re: No News on Roman Harper Puzzling

A fifth rounder and some extra money to spend. Better than just cutting him.
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A fifth rounder and some extra money to spend. Better than just cutting him.
Indeed. I could live with that.
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Canal Street Chronicles... clueless as usual.
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I heard loomis is trying to
Trade him to New England for a 3 month supply of kettle corn!
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Trade him to New England for a 3 month supply of kettle corn!
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Re: No News on Roman Harper Puzzling

I honestly think they're sitting on him until after the draft. Why get rid of him until you need to? As someone mentioned, a draft day trade is possible. And a good safety could fall in our lap either through FA or draft. If none of the above works out, then you restructure and play him the way GDub did. We'll get 4-8 sacks and a couple of forced fumbles. Then, we make the position top priority the following season.
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Smith agreed to reduce his base salary of $9 million to $3 million while Vilma dropped his from $4.8 million to a mere $1 million.

ok all these move cost money out of pocket. correct?! so why redo it before you need to? talk about it, set it up and wait till you really need to do it.

you aint going to cut him the carry over will kill you. no one will sign him to the super bowl contract he has know. so your stuck holding the bag for the difference

thats smart money moves. thats why nothing has happened with harper yet.

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How do think Harper's doing right now? Heck, I'm nervous for him.
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