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Report: Roman Harper, Carolina Panthers agree to deal

Last year, Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman cobbled together a secondary out of low-cost spare parts largely picked up in free agency. It resulted in an NFC South title.

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He's taking the same approach this season. Roman Harper has agreed to a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Panthers, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, per a source who has spoken with Harper. The deal included a $1.5 million signing bonus.

ESPN first reported the deal. 

Harper essentially replaces Mike Mitchell, an enforcer at safety that left for a big-money deal in Pittsburgh. Harper has a similar skill set as a big hitter that is a liability in coverage.

Despite his gray hair, Harper is just 31 years old. We've already hit the bargain-shopping portion of free agency, and Carolina found a worthwhile gamble. The Panthers need competent players that can take snaps because Gettleman is practically starting from scratch in the secondary again.

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