The New Orleans Saints were smart to renegotiate safety Roman Harper’s contract. The move not only put the Saints well under the salary cap for the 2013 NFL season, but the new agreement also benefited Harper immensely.
New Orleans was only $1.6 million under the salary cap before Harper graciously renegotiated. The Saints are now $5.1 million below the cap, which means they have the 17th most financial space among all of the teams in the league. That is a huge step from having one of the highest salary caps in the NFL only a few days ago.
Harper received one more year on his multi-year deal, but his base salaries have changed over the next three seasons. He will now make $840,000 in 2013, $2.35 million in 2014 and $2.7 million in 2015. Instead of counting for $7.1 million against the salary cap, he will now only have $3.6 million next to his name. He was already guaranteed $2.6 million of his salary for this season prior to the redoing of the contract.
How this works out in Harper’s favor as well is that he will get a lot of the cash up front, despite taking a $1.5 million pay cut in 2013. That means the 30-year-old will not have to worry about getting released in the next few years without getting his due because he will have already received a large chunk of the money.
It was important for New Orleans to keep Harper happy while trying to save money after the seven-year veteran posted one of the best seasons of his career. Harper recorded a career-high 115 combined tackles, two interceptions, 11 passes defended and four stuffs in 16 games last year.