Last year’s playoff loss to the Seahawks notwithstanding, safety Roman Harper has been one of the most valuable members of the Saints defense since he was drafted in the second round of the 2006 draft.
On Friday evening, he was rewarded for his play handsomely.
Mike Triplette of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports Harper got a four-year, $28 million contract from the Saints with $16 million in guarantees. Harper struggled against Seattle because he was asked to be in coverage too much with Malcom Jenkins hurt.
Harper thrives at strong safety as a versatile run stopper that can line up in a variety of spots. He and Jenkins complement each other well.
New Orleans has done a nice job retaining their key guys, including tackle Jermon Bushrod and wide receiver Lance Moore. It’s quite possible the team won’t lose a single starter in free agency.