Harper Asks to be Released

According to a published report, cornerback Nick Harper is unhappy with his contract situation and is letting the Colts know about it.

The Indianapolis Star is reporting that cornerback Nick Harper isn't attending the team's voluntary offseason workouts that began this week. According to the NFLPA, Harper has a base salary of $700,000 in 2006 and is in the final year of his contract. Cap expert David Whitely estimates the cornerback's cap hit for 2006 to be $1.2 million.

Harper, who has started in all but three games over the past three seasons, told the Star, "If they can't give me the money I deserve, release me and somebody else will."

Apparently Harper has been told that a bigger pay day isn't going to happen this year. The Colts know they have a real bargain in Harper, and he'll be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. The news that the team doesn't plan to negotiate a new deal with him didn't sit well.

"I asked to be released," Harper told the Star.

The cornerback reportedly plans to sit out the Colts' first mandatory minicamp workouts in May even though he will likely be fined for missing them.

The Colts drafted a pair of cornerbacks last season with their top two picks, Marlin Jackson and Kelvin Hayden. Jackson saw extensive action at the nickel back position.

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