The New Orleans Saints have signed former Alabama safety Roman Harper, according to a post on the team’s website on Tuesday afternoon. Harper last played for the Saints in 2013 and the team, along with most of the fanbase, seems thrilled to have him back on the team.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) June 7, 2016
Before spending two seasons with the Carolina Panthers, Harper played in 108 games for New Orleans from 2006 to 2013. He was the team’s leading tackler in those eight seasons, racking up 743 total tackles. The star safety helped the team to five playoff appearances including three NFC South titles and a win in Super Bowl XLIV. Harper is the only safety in Saints history to be selected to two Pro Bowls (2009 and 2010).
The Prattville-native was selected 43rd overall by the Saints in the 2006 NFL Draft and will be playing in his 11th NFL season. He will keep the number 41 on his jersey as Alden Darby, another safety for the Saints, will move to number 42. Details on Harper’s contract with the Saints have yet to be confirmed.
Caleb Turrentine is a contributor at Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter at @CalebTurrentine.