It all began Friday morning when Roman Harper agreed to restructure his current contract with the New Orleans Saints. This was a long process and overdue. The details of the extension pay’s him $4 million guaranteed this season.
Virtually shedding Harper’s old contract into threads, which put him among the NFL ten’s highest paid safeties and guaranteed him only $4 million of the contract worth $3.5 million annually. Harper’s a player that took a huge pay cut and without being guaranteed any payment beyond the 2013 season.
He was set to make $5.25 million this season, with $2.6 million of it guaranteed. His new contract includes an extension through 2015. Allowing the Saints to stretch out the bonus money and cap hits. Harper has no guaranteed money beyond 2013. Considering Harper's dreadful 2012 play, it's not a bad deal for the 30-year-old safety.
In the final year of his new contract 2015 Harper’s salary will be $2.7 million that year, with another $800,000 in bonuses and a cap figure of $4.47 million
Going into Saints Camp Harper will compete for playing time with Malcolm Jenkins and rookie Kenny Vaccaro. All three can play in three-safety-set.
This Saints saved $3.44 million against this year's salary cap by signing a new deal with safety Harper. He will count $3.66 million against the cap now, down from $7.1 million.