Report: Harper signs extension

Saints S Roman Harper is congratulated by teammates after sacking Chicago QB Jay Cutler in the second quarter of the Saints'  30-13 win over Chicago Sunday in the Superdome.  Show caption
Saints S Roman Harper is congratulated by teammates after sacking Chicago QB Jay Cutler in the second quarter of the Saints' 30-13 win over Chicago Sunday in the Superdome.

New Orleans Saints strong safety Roman Harper has signed a contract extension that will give the club some salary cap relief for this season, NFL.com reported Friday.

The website’s Ian Rapoport reported the deal Harper signed Thursday guarantees him $4 million for this season although other financial terms weren’t available. It also guarantees the eight-year veteran won’t be cut, Rapoport reported.

Harper was scheduled to make $5.25 million in base salary in 2013 with $2.6 million of that guaranteed when he was on the roster for the third day of the new league year in March.

Harper, who signed a four-year deal with the team in July 2011, was scheduled to count $7.1 million against the salary cap this season. He was to earn $6 million in base salary with a $7.9 million cap hit in the final year of the contract in 2014.

The restructured contract adds another year to the deal, which would take it through the 2015 seasons, although Harper’s future with the team became more cloudy when the Saints selected Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro with the 15th pick of the draft in April.

A former Alabama standout, Harper has started all 99 games he’s played in and has been selected to two Pro Bowls since being chosen in the second round of the 2006 draft.