Free agent Harper re-signs with Colts
Veteran cornerback who started 27 games past 2 seasons agrees to a 2-year contract.
By Mike Chappellmike.firstname.lastname@example.org
After spending six weeks on the NFL's veteran free agent market, Nick Harper decided there was no place like home.
The Indianapolis Colts' veteran cornerback, free to test his value on the open market since March 1, agreed to a two-year contract with the team. Hadley Engelhard, Harper's agent, confirmed the deal Thursday but declined to address financial details.
Harper could not be reached for comment.
"There was quite a bit of interest in Nick and a couple of interesting situations," Engelhard said. "We kept our options open.
"But in the end, Nick really wanted to stay in Indy. Fortunately there was a meeting of the minds."
The return of Harper, 30, is a boost to the Colts' young secondary. He has started 30 games during his four-year career with the team, including 27 the past two seasons. Harper also started two playoff games last season.
Harper provides experience to a group that includes Jason David, Von Hutchins, Donald Strickland and Joseph Jefferson. Harper has also been productive, with three interceptions last season and a team-high four in 2003.
He is the sixth unrestricted free agent to re-sign with the Colts but the first defensive player. Previously the team re-signed running backs Edgerrin James and Dominic Rhodes, offensive tackle Ryan Diem, wide receiver Troy Walters and quarterback Travis Brown.