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Saints News, 10/29/14: Panthers' Roman Harper Wants To Deliver Message To Old Team

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From the Charlotte Observer: “This is a big game for him. We know how big it is for him,” cornerback Josh Norman said. “Him being over there for that amount of time and coming up here and playing them now, it means everything to him.” Harper was part of New Orleans’ defensive exodus during the offseason, when safety Malcolm Jenkins, cornerback Jabari Greer and linebackers Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith either departed or retired. In Harper’s case, he was cast off in favor of safety Kenny Vaccaro, the Saints’ first-round pick in 2013. “They wanted to go younger,” Harper said. “They got a lot of guys that were part of that whole regime. It’s not like it was just aimed toward me or anything like that.”

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