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Roman Harper
S #41
Height:
6-1
Weight:
205
Age:
31
College:
Alabama
Hometown:
Prattville, Ala.
Experience:
9

Quick Stats (2014):

TCKL
9
SCK
0.0
FF
0
INT
1
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 663 533 130 17.0 0 53 8 108 -- 41 1 14 3
2014 CAR 3 3 9 4 5 0.0 -- 1 1 3 3 3 0 0 --
2013 NO 9 5 39 27 12 0.0 -- 1 1 0 -- 0 0 0 1
2012 NO 16 16 115 88 27 0.0 -- 11 2 41 20.5 41 0 0 --
2011 NO 16 16 95 73 22 7.5 -- 7 -- -- -- -- -- 2 1
2010 NO 15 15 98 76 22 3.0 -- 8 1 6 6 6 0 6 1
2009 NO 16 16 102 84 18 1.5 -- 5 -- -- -- -- -- 2 --
2008 NO 15 15 89 82 7 0.0 -- 9 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2007 NO 16 16 90 75 15 4.0 0 8 3 58 19.3 31 1 2 --
2006 NO 5 5 26 24 2 1.0 -- 3 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @TB W 20-14 2 1 1 -- -- 1 1 3 3 3 0 0 --
2 DET W 24-7 2 1 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 PIT L 19-37 5 2 3 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Bio

TRANSACTIONS
Signed as a free agent by Carolina (3/18/14)...Released by New Orleans (2/13/14)...Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by New Orleans (7/30/11)...Placed on injured reserve with an injured left knee by New Orleans (10/10/06)...Selected in the second round (43rd overall) of the NFL Draft by New Orleans (4/29/06).

GP/GS
Career (108/104) [8/7]; 2013 (9/5) [2/2]; 2012 (16/16); 2011 (16/16) [2/2]; 2010 (15/15) [1/1]; 2009 (16/16) [3/2]; 2008 (15/15); 2007 (16/16); 2006 (5/5).

2013
Played in nine games with five starts and was inactive for seven games for New Orleans...Posted 42 tackles, one interception, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery...Notched three special teams tackles...POSTSEASON: Started both games at strong safety...Recorded 14 tackles and one pass defensed...Vs. Atlanta (9/8): Started 100th career game...Recovered a fumble by Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and returned it 19 yards to set up a touchdown...Clinched victory with interception of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in the end zone with 43 seconds remaining...At Tampa Bay (9/15): Suffered a right knee injury, which caused him to be inactive for the next seven games.

2012
Started 16 games at strong safety for New Orleans...Produced at least 100 tackles for the fifth consecutive season with 124, which topped all Saints defensive backs...Collected two interceptions, nine passes defensed and one forced fumble...Vs. San Diego (10/7): Picked off a pass by Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and returned it 41 yards to set up a field goal...At Oakland (11/18): Amassed a season-high 13 tackles...Thwarted a Raiders' scoring opportunity with an interception of quarterback Carson Palmer in the end zone...Vs. Tampa Bay (12/16): Matched season high with 13 tackles...Vs. Carolina (12/30): Caused a fumble by Panthers tight end Greg Olsen.

2011
Started 16 games at strong safety for New Orleans...Led the team with 116 tackles and a career-high 7.5 sacks...Marked the second-most sacks by a safety in NFL history since becoming an official statistic in 1982...Registered nine passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery...POSTSEASON: Started both games at strong safety...Tallied nine tackles, 1.5 sacks, three passes defensed and one forced fumble...PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Twice named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for performances in Week 2 versus Chicago (9/18) and Week 10 at Atlanta (11/13)...Produced six tackles, two sacks and one pass defensed in Saints' 30-13 win against Bears...Compiled 16 tackles, one sack and one pass defensed in Saints' 26-23 overtime win against Falcons...At Green Bay (9/8): Split an eight-yard sack of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers with defensive end Junior Galette...Vs. Chicago (9/18): Equaled single-game career high with two sacks...Took down Bears quarterback Jay Cutler for losses of nine and 14 yards...At Jacksonville (10/2): Blitzed Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert for a 10-yard sack...At St. Louis (10/30): Captured Rams quarterback A.J. Feeley for a nine-yard sack...Vs. Tampa Bay (11/6): Forced a fumble by Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount...Sacked Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman for a loss of no yards...At Atlanta (11/13): Accumulated a single-game career high 16 tackles...Pressured Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan for an eight-yard sack...Vs. New York Giants (11/28): Recovered a fumble by Giants running back Da'Rel Scott...Takeaway led to touchdown...At Minnesota (12/18): Grasped Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder for a one-yard sack...NFC Divisional Playoff at San Francisco (1/14): Harassed 49ers quarterback Alex Smith for a sack and forced fumble on the same play, which resulted in a 10-yard loss...Combined with linebacker Martez Wilson on a nine-yard sack of Smith.

2010
Started 15 games at strong safety for New Orleans...Compiled 100 tackles - second most on the team - three sacks, one interception and a career-high 10 passes defensed...Tied for fifth in the NFL with a team-high five forced fumbles in addition to recovering one fumble...Added nine special teams tackles...Inactive with a hamstring injury versus Carolina (10/3)...POSTSEASON: Started at strong safety in NFC Wild Card at Seattle (1/8)...Made seven tackles...HONORS: Earned Pro Bowl recognition for second consecutive season...Became first Saints safety chosen to two Pro Bowls...At San Francisco (9/20): Responsible for two takeaways...Intercepted a pass by 49ers quarterback Alex Smith...Stripped 49ers running back Frank Gore to force a fumble...At Arizona (10/10): Created a fumble by Cardinals tight end Ben Patrick...At Tampa Bay (10/17): Ripped the ball away from Buccaneers running back Cadillac Williams to force a fumble, putting Saints in position for a touchdown...Vs. Carolina (11/7): Wrapped up Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen for a seven-yard sack...Vs. Seattle (11/21): Forced and recovered a fumble by Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch to stop potential Seahawks scoring drive...At Cincinnati (12/5): Sealed win with a 16-yard sack of Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer on the last play of the game...At St. Louis (12/12): Caused a fumble by Rams running back Steven Jackson that led to a touchdown...Sacked Rams quarterback Sam Bradford for a 10-yard loss.

2009
Started 16 games at strong safety for New Orleans...Finished second on the team with a career-high 127 tackles...Collected 1.5 sacks, seven passes defensed and two forced fumbles...Gathered five special teams tackles...POSTSEASON: Played in all three games with two starts at strong safety...Totaled 17 tackles, two passes defensed and one forced fumble...Had two special teams tackles...HONORS: Selected to first career Pro Bowl...Vs. New York Giants (10/18): Sacked and caused a fumble by Giants quarterback Eli Manning on the same play for a loss of nine yards...Takeaway resulted in a touchdown...At Miami (10/25): Dislodged the ball from Dolphins wide receiver Davone Bess to force a fumble, setting a touchdown...At Tampa Bay (11/22): Shared an eight-yard sack of Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman with cornerback Leigh Torrence...NFC Championship vs. Minnesota (1/24): Did not start as Saints opened with three cornerbacks...Forced a fumble by Vikings running back Adrian Peterson...Super Bowl XLIV vs. Indianapolis (2/7): Delivered eight tackles and two passes defensed.

2008
Started 15 games at strong safety for New Orleans...Paced the Saints defensive backs with 106 tackles to go along with nine passes defensed and one forced fumble...Logged 12 special teams tackles...Inactive with a hamstring injury at Washington (9/14)...At Detroit (12/21): Caused a fumble by Lions running back Kevin Smith.

2007
Started 16 games at strong safety for New Orleans...Tied for third on the team with 96 tackles...Led all NFL defensive backs and ranked second on the team with four sacks...Tied for the team lead with three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, to go along with seven passes defensed and two forced fumbles...Contributed 10 special teams tackles...At Seattle (10/14): Established a single-game career high with two sacks...Brought down Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck for losses of nine and seven yards...At Carolina (11/25): Accounted for two takeaways...Forced a fumble by Panthers running back DeShaun Foster that led to a touchdown...Victimized Panthers quarterback Matt Moore for first career interception...At Atlanta (12/10): Scored first career touchdown on a 31-yard return of an interception off Falcons quarterback Chris Redman...Vs. Arizona (12/16): Picked off a pass by Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and returned theft 31 yards...Takeaway converted into a touchdown...At Chicago (12/30): Matched single-game career high of two sacks...Disrupted trick play with a 15-yard sack of Bears wide receiver Devin Hester on a reverse pass...Generated a sack and forced fumble by Bears quarterback Kyle Orton on the same play, resulting in a five-yard loss.

2006
Selected in the second round (43rd overall) of the NFL Draft by New Orleans...Started the first five games at strong safety...Placed on injured reserve with a left knee injury (10/10)...Notched 32 tackles, one sack, two passes defensed and one forced fumble...At Cleveland (9/10): Corralled first career sack, dropping Browns quarterback Charlie Frye for a nine-yard loss...Vs. Atlanta (9/25): Forced a fumble by Falcons running back Justin Griffith...Vs. Tampa Bay (10/8): Suffered a torn left anterior cruciate ligament, which caused him to be placed on injured reserve.

COLLEGE
Played in 50 games with 39 starts at Alabama...Ended career ranked second in school history among defensive backs and sixth overall with 302 tackles...Totaled 3.5 sacks, five interceptions, 12 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries...2005 (Sr.): First-team All-Southeastern Conference choice...Started 12 games...Posted 69 tackles, 0.5 sacks, one interception, two passes defensed and two forced fumbles...Helped the Crimson Tide lead the nation in fewest points allowed and finish second in total defense...2004 (Jr.): Second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection...Started 13 games...Compiled 77 tackles, one sack, three interceptions, four passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries...2003 (So.): Started 13 games...Produced 114 tackles, one interception and four passes defensed in addition to recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown...2002 (Fr.): Played in 12 games with one start...Recorded 42 tackles, two sacks, two passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery...2001: Redshirted as a true freshman.

PERSONAL
Attended Prattville (Ala.) HS...Graduated from Alabama with a degree in management.
TRANSACTIONS
Signed as a free agent by Carolina (3/18/14)...Released by New Orleans (2/13/14)...Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by New Orleans (7/30/11)...Placed on injured reserve with an injured left knee by New Orleans (10/10/06)...Selected in the second round (43rd overall) of the NFL Draft by New Orleans (4/29/06).

GP/GS
Career (108/104) [8/7]; 2013 (9/5) [2/2]; 2012 (16/16); 2011 (16/16) [2/2]; 2010 (15/15) [1/1]; 2009 (16/16) [3/2]; 2008 (15/15); 2007 (16/16); 2006 (5/5).

2013
Played in nine games with five starts and was inactive for seven games for New Orleans...Posted 42 tackles, one interception, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery...Notched three special teams tackles...POSTSEASON: Started both games at strong safety...Recorded 14 tackles and one pass defensed...Vs. Atlanta (9/8): Started 100th career game...Recovered a fumble by Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and returned it 19 yards to set up a touchdown...Clinched victory with interception of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in the end zone with 43 seconds remaining...At Tampa Bay (9/15): Suffered a right knee injury, which caused him to be inactive for the next seven games.

2012
Started 16 games at strong safety for New Orleans...Produced at least 100 tackles for the fifth consecutive season with 124, which topped all Saints defensive backs...Collected two interceptions, nine passes defensed and one forced fumble...Vs. San Diego (10/7): Picked off a pass by Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and returned it 41 yards to set up a field goal...At Oakland (11/18): Amassed a season-high 13 tackles...Thwarted a Raiders' scoring opportunity with an interception of quarterback Carson Palmer in the end zone...Vs. Tampa Bay (12/16): Matched season high with 13 tackles...Vs. Carolina (12/30): Caused a fumble by Panthers tight end Greg Olsen.

2011
Started 16 games at strong safety for New Orleans...Led the team with 116 tackles and a career-high 7.5 sacks...Marked the second-most sacks by a safety in NFL history since becoming an official statistic in 1982...Registered nine passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery...POSTSEASON: Started both games at strong safety...Tallied nine tackles, 1.5 sacks, three passes defensed and one forced fumble...PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Twice named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for performances in Week 2 versus Chicago (9/18) and Week 10 at Atlanta (11/13)...Produced six tackles, two sacks and one pass defensed in Saints' 30-13 win against Bears...Compiled 16 tackles, one sack and one pass defensed in Saints' 26-23 overtime win against Falcons...At Green Bay (9/8): Split an eight-yard sack of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers with defensive end Junior Galette...Vs. Chicago (9/18): Equaled single-game career high with two sacks...Took down Bears quarterback Jay Cutler for losses of nine and 14 yards...At Jacksonville (10/2): Blitzed Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert for a 10-yard sack...At St. Louis (10/30): Captured Rams quarterback A.J. Feeley for a nine-yard sack...Vs. Tampa Bay (11/6): Forced a fumble by Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount...Sacked Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman for a loss of no yards...At Atlanta (11/13): Accumulated a single-game career high 16 tackles...Pressured Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan for an eight-yard sack...Vs. New York Giants (11/28): Recovered a fumble by Giants running back Da'Rel Scott...Takeaway led to touchdown...At Minnesota (12/18): Grasped Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder for a one-yard sack...NFC Divisional Playoff at San Francisco (1/14): Harassed 49ers quarterback Alex Smith for a sack and forced fumble on the same play, which resulted in a 10-yard loss...Combined with linebacker Martez Wilson on a nine-yard sack of Smith.

2010
Started 15 games at strong safety for New Orleans...Compiled 100 tackles - second most on the team - three sacks, one interception and a career-high 10 passes defensed...Tied for fifth in the NFL with a team-high five forced fumbles in addition to recovering one fumble...Added nine special teams tackles...Inactive with a hamstring injury versus Carolina (10/3)...POSTSEASON: Started at strong safety in NFC Wild Card at Seattle (1/8)...Made seven tackles...HONORS: Earned Pro Bowl recognition for second consecutive season...Became first Saints safety chosen to two Pro Bowls...At San Francisco (9/20): Responsible for two takeaways...Intercepted a pass by 49ers quarterback Alex Smith...Stripped 49ers running back Frank Gore to force a fumble...At Arizona (10/10): Created a fumble by Cardinals tight end Ben Patrick...At Tampa Bay (10/17): Ripped the ball away from Buccaneers running back Cadillac Williams to force a fumble, putting Saints in position for a touchdown...Vs. Carolina (11/7): Wrapped up Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen for a seven-yard sack...Vs. Seattle (11/21): Forced and recovered a fumble by Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch to stop potential Seahawks scoring drive...At Cincinnati (12/5): Sealed win with a 16-yard sack of Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer on the last play of the game...At St. Louis (12/12): Caused a fumble by Rams running back Steven Jackson that led to a touchdown...Sacked Rams quarterback Sam Bradford for a 10-yard loss.

2009
Started 16 games at strong safety for New Orleans...Finished second on the team with a career-high 127 tackles...Collected 1.5 sacks, seven passes defensed and two forced fumbles...Gathered five special teams tackles...POSTSEASON: Played in all three games with two starts at strong safety...Totaled 17 tackles, two passes defensed and one forced fumble...Had two special teams tackles...HONORS: Selected to first career Pro Bowl...Vs. New York Giants (10/18): Sacked and caused a fumble by Giants quarterback Eli Manning on the same play for a loss of nine yards...Takeaway resulted in a touchdown...At Miami (10/25): Dislodged the ball from Dolphins wide receiver Davone Bess to force a fumble, setting a touchdown...At Tampa Bay (11/22): Shared an eight-yard sack of Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman with cornerback Leigh Torrence...NFC Championship vs. Minnesota (1/24): Did not start as Saints opened with three cornerbacks...Forced a fumble by Vikings running back Adrian Peterson...Super Bowl XLIV vs. Indianapolis (2/7): Delivered eight tackles and two passes defensed.

2008
Started 15 games at strong safety for New Orleans...Paced the Saints defensive backs with 106 tackles to go along with nine passes defensed and one forced fumble...Logged 12 special teams tackles...Inactive with a hamstring injury at Washington (9/14)...At Detroit (12/21): Caused a fumble by Lions running back Kevin Smith.

2007
Started 16 games at strong safety for New Orleans...Tied for third on the team with 96 tackles...Led all NFL defensive backs and ranked second on the team with four sacks...Tied for the team lead with three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, to go along with seven passes defensed and two forced fumbles...Contributed 10 special teams tackles...At Seattle (10/14): Established a single-game career high with two sacks...Brought down Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck for losses of nine and seven yards...At Carolina (11/25): Accounted for two takeaways...Forced a fumble by Panthers running back DeShaun Foster that led to a touchdown...Victimized Panthers quarterback Matt Moore for first career interception...At Atlanta (12/10): Scored first career touchdown on a 31-yard return of an interception off Falcons quarterback Chris Redman...Vs. Arizona (12/16): Picked off a pass by Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and returned theft 31 yards...Takeaway converted into a touchdown...At Chicago (12/30): Matched single-game career high of two sacks...Disrupted trick play with a 15-yard sack of Bears wide receiver Devin Hester on a reverse pass...Generated a sack and forced fumble by Bears quarterback Kyle Orton on the same play, resulting in a five-yard loss.

2006
Selected in the second round (43rd overall) of the NFL Draft by New Orleans...Started the first five games at strong safety...Placed on injured reserve with a left knee injury (10/10)...Notched 32 tackles, one sack, two passes defensed and one forced fumble...At Cleveland (9/10): Corralled first career sack, dropping Browns quarterback Charlie Frye for a nine-yard loss...Vs. Atlanta (9/25): Forced a fumble by Falcons running back Justin Griffith...Vs. Tampa Bay (10/8): Suffered a torn left anterior cruciate ligament, which caused him to be placed on injured reserve.

COLLEGE
Played in 50 games with 39 starts at Alabama...Ended career ranked second in school history among defensive backs and sixth overall with 302 tackles...Totaled 3.5 sacks, five interceptions, 12 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries...2005 (Sr.): First-team All-Southeastern Conference choice...Started 12 games...Posted 69 tackles, 0.5 sacks, one interception, two passes defensed and two forced fumbles...Helped the Crimson Tide lead the nation in fewest points allowed and finish second in total defense...2004 (Jr.): Second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection...Started 13 games...Compiled 77 tackles, one sack, three interceptions, four passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries...2003 (So.): Started 13 games...Produced 114 tackles, one interception and four passes defensed in addition to recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown...2002 (Fr.): Played in 12 games with one start...Recorded 42 tackles, two sacks, two passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery...2001: Redshirted as a true freshman.

PERSONAL
Attended Prattville (Ala.) HS...Graduated from Alabama with a degree in management.
 

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