Harper is getting paid 7.125 million dollars per year in this new deal. Harper is a beast in run support, but a liability somewhat in coverage. I don’t think he’s well rounder enough to earn that amount. The franchise tag value for safeties for 2010 (2011 numbers not yet released) was 6.455 million, calculated by taking the average of the top 5 safety salaries in the league for the 2009 season. Let’s say the franchise tag value for 2011 is around 7.125 million (that might even be on the high side). Is Harper one of the top 5 safeties in the league? My answer to that question is no. However, with this 4 year 28.5 million dollar deal with a whooping 16 million guaranteed, that’s what they’re paying him like.