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Veteran safety Roman Harper to return to New Orleans Saints, agency says

By NICK UNDERHILL

NUNDERHILL@THEADVOCATE.COM

Roman Harper is returning to the New Orleans Saints after a two-year stint with the Carolina Panthers.
Roman Harper is returning to the New Orleans Saints after a two-year stint with the Carolina Panthers. The Advocate/File

Roman Harper is heading back to where it began.

The veteran safety has agreed to return to New Orleans, where he played his first eight seasons, according to his agency. Harper spent the last two seasons playing for the Carolina Panthers.

A former second-round pick, Harper made the Pro Bowl in 2009 and 2010. The Saints neglected to re-sign Harper following the 2013 season after selecting Kenny Vaccaro in the first round of the previous draft.

The 33-year-old strong safety will likely serve in a reserve role behind Vaccaro, Jairus Byrd and second-round pick Vonn Bell. And his greatest asset might be his leadership.

The Saints often lamented the lack of leadership during the 2014 season, which was created by the likes of Malcom Jenkins, Harper and Jabari Greer leaving the team. Bringing Harper back will bring a veteran voice to the secondary and potentially help with the development of Bell.

He also will have to win a roster spot. The aforementioned safeties are all likely locks to make the team, which will leave Harper trying to beat out some of the other guys on the roster. New Orleans is familiar with what Harper can bring to the field and locker room, but he will have to prove that he has something left.

Read more about Harper's return at The New Orleans Advocate.

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