November 18, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints free safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) celebrates with strong safety Roman Harper (41) after intercepting the ball in the end zone during the second quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Roman Harper has 'good chance' of becoming Saints cap casualty

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There was a time when New Orleans Saints safety Roman Harper was one of the better defensive backs in football.

That time has long passed as Harper is nothing more than a rotational player right now – an expensive rotational player. And that elevated salary is likely to cost him his roster spot on the Saints going into the 2014 season as reports there’s a good chance Harper will become a cap casualty next season:

Harper’s days in New Orleans could be numbered since he has become more of a part-time player now at age 31, he is scheduled to make $3.15 million in salary and bonuses next year, and the Saints will have to do some serious trimming to get under the salary cap.

It is possible the two sides may attempt to re-work Harper’s deal to keep him in town, but with both Kenny Vaccaro and Malcolm Jenkins on the roster, it’s likely the Saints will opt to spend their money elsewhere.

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