Mar. 15 1:23 PM PT2:23 PM MT3:23 PM CT4:23 PM ET20:23 GMT4:23 AM 北京时间1:23 PM MST3:23 PM EST2:23 PM CT0:23 UAE (+1)16:23 ET19:23 - The Panthers announced they've signed unrestricted free agent safety Roman Harper from the New Orleans Saints to a two-year contract. Harper, 31, is expected to replace starter Mike Mitchell, who signed a free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this offseason. Analysis: Harper has been a mainstay at safety in New Orleans for the past eight seasons starting 104 games. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2009 and 2010. However, injuries limited him to five games in 2013.
Feb. 12 2:55 PM PT3:55 PM MT4:55 PM CT5:55 PM ET22:55 GMT6:55 AM 北京时间3:55 PM MST5:55 PM EST4:55 PM CT2:55 UAE (+1)17:55 ET20:55 - Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club released strong safety Roman Harper, outside linebacker and defensive end Will Smith, and cornerback Jabari Greer. Loomis also says the club does not intend to re-sign linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who has been hampered by recurring knee injuries the past few seasons. Analysis: Loomis says parting ways with four longtime Saints who played key roles in the club's only Super Bowl title was difficult. However, he says the moves were needed to help New Orleans bring its player payroll below the NFL's salary cap. Wednesday's moves will save nearly $17 million in 2014.