Roman Harper is returning to where it all began in his NFL career. According to his agent on Twitter, the 33-year-old safety will be re-signing with the New Orleans Saints. Harper was drafted in the same 2006 Saints class that included Jahri Evans, Marques Colston, Reggie Bush, and Rob Ninkovich.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport also said when Harper's playing career concludes, he is expected to join the Saints coaching staff.
The second round pick out of Alabama earned each of his two Pro Bowl nods while playing in the Big Easy. He was also a member of the 2009 Super Bowl team and the team that returned to the city following the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
Harper played 108 games with the Saints and is third all-time in pass deflections. He is also fourth all-time in career tackles with 529.
After being released by the Saints in 2014, the Carolina Panthers signed the veteran safety to a five-year contract worth over $10 million. He played 32 games and recorded 87 tackles and four interceptions. A void provision in the contract resulted in Harper's release following the Panthers loss in Super Bowl 50 to the Denver Broncos. The Panthers will carry a $900,000 cap hit for the 2016 season.
Two weeks ago Harper announced on Twitter the birth of his son, Roman Harper II. Between returning to his original team and experiencing the birth of his son, it's fair to say Roman Harper has had an exciting couple of weeks.