• Analysis: New Orleans Saints more likely to keep Will Smith, Jonathan Vilma than cut ties

    Summary of 9 articles · Updated Mar 13, 2013
    - It's clear to me that the New Orleans Saints would like defensive end Will Smith and linebacker Jonathan Vilma back in 2013. How Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma fit into the Saints new 3-4 defense remains to be seen. New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Jonathan Vilma takes his interception to the end zone in the second quarter during the game between the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints at the Superdome on Sunday, December 30, 2012. Smith is due $10.15 million for 2013, while Vilma is owed $6 million in the final year of his deal. We're still trying to unearth the specific details of the new deals with Smith and Vilma. I'm guessing that most New Orleans Saints fans aren't doing cartwheels just yet during these first few hours of free agency. Rotoworld's Evan Silva offers one of the most detailed breakdowns of the top 100 free agents, with predictions on where each player will wind up and what their new contracts will look like.
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    • Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma take big pay cuts

      How Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma fit into the Saints new 3-4 defense remains to be seen. But they’ll fit into their pants easier today, because their wallets are much thinner. According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, both players to
    • New Orleans Saints restructure Will Smith, Jonathan Vilma contracts, save nearly $11 million

      To become salary cap compliant prior to the start of the 2013 league year, the New Orleans Saints have renegotiated the contracts of veteran defensive end Will Smith and linebacker Jonathan Vilma, Larry Holder of The Times-Picayune reported on Tuesday. …
    • Vilma, Smith took massive pay cuts

      Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith took a combined cut in pay of nearly $10 million in order to stay with the New Orleans Saints. I just got a look at the official details of the contract restructuring by the two veterans, and these aren’t the typical instan
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    • Early thoughts on New Orleans Saints free agency moves

      Nothing to get excited about yet - but it's still early
      Source: nola.com
    • What the national media are saying about the New Orleans Saints and the NFL

      Saints not expected to be major players in free agency
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