CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Former Panthers safety Roman Harper was back in Charlotte on Wednesday, and didn't shy away from questions about facing his former team twice a year as a member of the New Orleans Saints.
"I can't wait to go against these guys," said Harper. "You know the trash talk is going to be at an all-time high."
Harper, keeping a promise, returned to the Queen City to speak to the Charlotte Youth Broadcasting Camp.
The safety spent two seasons with the Panthers, and signed in the offseason with New Orleans, where he spent the first eight years of his career.
The 33-year-old says despite the short stay, Charlotte remains home, and he might even raise his kids here.
"My family and I love it here," Harper said. "It's a great community. It's a great city."
Still, it will be all business during the Panthers and Saints two meetings in 2016. Harper still keeps in touch through a group text with "The Thieves" -- members of the Panthers defensive backfield, including Josh Norman.
"The trash talk has already started," Harper said. "It's never really a dull day. We all still talk. I'm so glad I got to meet those guys. We're a tight-knight group."
The Panthers and Saints meet in New Orleans on Oct. 16, and in Charlotte on Nov. 17 (NBC).