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Old 01-25-2014, 09:33 AM   #1
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Roman Harper: "I don't want to go anywhere."

New Orleans Saints safety Roman Harper: "I don't want to go anywhere."
Katherine Terrell, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune By Katherine Terrell, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune




New Orleans Saints safety Roman Harper said he would love to be back with the team next season. But at 31, and coming off an injury plagued 2013, he also understands the business side of things.

Harper missed seven games this season with a knee injury, the most he's missed since his rookie season in 2006.

"I don't know," Harper told Gil Brant and Alex Marvez when asked about his future in a radio interview Friday night. "I think Mickey and Sean and these guys, they've got some decisions to make. ...

"The bottom line is, I was hurt. I missed eight or nine games this year. For the first time in a long time, I missed games. And the defense did well. I was just happy that when I did come back, I finally got healed up and healthy enough."

Harper, who finished with 37 tackles, one fumble recovery, and one interception in five regular season starts, said he feels like he's still starting material.

"I played at a high level still, and I showed that I'm still starting safety caliber in this league," he said.

It's possible that might not happen in New Orleans.

The Saints planned for the future when they picked safety Kenny Vaccaro in the first round of the 2013 draft. Vaccaro started 13 games and played almost every defensive snap when healthy. He was placed on injured reserve with a broken ankle in Week 17.

Harper essentially took a pay cut when he signed an extension through 2015 last May. But his $2.4 million base salary and $5.9 million cap figure, in addition to the emergence of Vaccaro, puts his future in uncertain territory.

Malcolm Jenkins, the Saints other starting safety, will be a free agent this offseason.

Harper said he would love to stay in New Orleans and called it his "second home."

"I know God has a plan for me. I'm not really worried about it. It's the same way I kind of looked at it when I was going through my free agent type deal after the lockout," he said. "I'm not going to sweat it. Whatever happens, happens. I was lucky enough to come back with the Saints. ...

"Hopefully I'll be back. I love New Orleans. I don't want to go anywhere. But it's a business first. They have to make decisions and so do I. Everybody has to do what's best for them in their own situation."
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I don't want him to leave either, he should be willing to take a paycut though

Rafael Bush and Vaccaro definitely earned more playing time so maybe rob needs to figure a 4 safety set look
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I'll be sorry to see him go.

Lot's of good memories on the field and lot's of threads kept lively on these boards..
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I can see Harper playing well in a 3-4, Jenkins can go.
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I don't want him to leave either, he should be willing to take a paycut though

Rafael Bush and Vaccaro definitely earned more playing time so maybe rob needs to figure a 4 safety set look
This. We need cap space and will have to let some good players go. We have good depth at SS now so Harper may be cut in a numbers game.

He has started playing special teams more so I could see a re-structure 2 or 3 year deal near vet minimum, but there's probably a team out there that needs a traditional SS so he may get some decent offers elsewhere.
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This. We need cap space and will have to let some good players go. We have good depth at SS now so Harper may be cut in a numbers game.

He has started playing special teams more so I could see a re-structure 2 or 3 year deal near vet minimum, but there's probably a team out there that needs a traditional SS so he may get some decent offers elsewhere.
Don't think Harper will be cut. He might get traded though.

Will Smith will DEFINITELY not be back in black and gold though. Malcolm Jenkins and Mark Ingram will be back in 2014.
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Of harper and jenkins i would rather see jenkins walk
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i would love to see harper finish his pro football here in new orleans but he will really need the want to do it
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Don't think Harper will be cut. He might get traded though.
I doubt a trade. Hes older and recently had a injury. If we did we wouldn't get much for him.
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I doubt a trade. Hes older and recently had a injury. If we did we wouldn't get much for him.
And approximately 31 teams know we'll be forced to part ways with him due to our cap issues. Some team may want to avoid a bidding war and maybe offer us a 7th, or a conditional 5th/6th if we're lucky.

I'd almost rather keep him for our 3 and 4 safety sets.
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