Today the New Orleans Saints announced that they had released safety Roman Harper, in addition to cutting cornerback Jabari Greer, and defensive end Will Smith. This doesn’t come as a big surprise, as according to Kevin Patra of NFL.com, Sean Payton said that cuts would be coming.
Roman Harper isn’t an elite safety, but is a solid football player. The acquisition of Adrian Wilson doesn’t seem like it is going to pan out like the Pats hoped, so Harper could possibly come in and take Wilson’s spot. Devin McCourty and Steve Gregory are entrenched as the starters at safety, and Duron Harmon showed a lot of potential last year, which has him currently sitting in the backup spot. But adding veteran experience in the back end is never a bad idea, especially when it is a guy like Harper, who has produced in this league for eight years, including playing a key role in the Saints’ 2009 Super Bowl run. Earlier this offseason, former Patriot Rodney Harrison said that he thinks the Patriots need a hard hitting safety to help put them over the top. Harper isn’t exactly Bernard Pollard, but he might be able to give Bill Belichick quality snaps in 2014.
Harper has totaled 655 tackles, 17 sacks, 14 forced fumbles, and seven interceptions in his career, with his best season coming in 2012, where he amassed 115 tackles, and two picks.