The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent safety Roman Harper. *The announcement was made by Saints' Executive Vice President/General Manager *Mickey Loomis.
Harper, a 6-1, 200-pound five-year veteran was originally selected by the Saints in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He has started all 67 games he's appeared in at strong safety and totaled 461 tackles, 9.5 sacks, four interceptions, 34 pass defenses, 11 forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 36 special teams stops.
The University of Alabama graduate finished second on the team in 2010 with 100 tackles, three sacks, one interception, a fumble recovery and nine special teams stops, while setting career-highs with ten pass defenses and five forced fumbles. Selected to his second consecutive Pro Bowl, Harper became the first Black and Gold safety to be selected to the league's all-star game twice in franchise history. He was tied for fifth in the NFL in forced fumbles, while his quarterback takedown total was tied for fourth among safeties. It was the third consecutive season that Harper reached the century mark in tackles.