Report: Saints’ Harper restructures contract

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

The website’s Ian Rapoport reported the deal Harper signed Thursday guarantees him $4 million for this season although other financial terms were not immediately 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 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.

It was believed the restructured contract includes adds another year to the deal 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.

He has been a liability at times in pass coverage, but could be better suited for the scheme that new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is installing.