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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; The Saints have dramatically retooled their defense over the weekend. A trade for star MLB Jonathan Vilma has been followed up by two AFC free agent additions in CB Randall Gay (New England) and DE Bobby McCray (Jacksonville). The moves ...

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Old 03-03-2008, 04:03 AM   #1
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overview of saints roster moves

The Saints have dramatically retooled their defense over the weekend. A trade for star MLB Jonathan Vilma has been followed up by two AFC free agent additions in CB Randall Gay (New England) and DE Bobby McCray (Jacksonville). The moves accompany a flurry of re-signings including G Jamar Nesbit, C Jonathan Goodwin, WR Terrance Copper, K Martin Gramatica, DT Brian Young, MLB Mark Simoneau, WR Devery Henderson and RB Aaron Stecker.

Gay signs with Saints

Randall Gay, a cornerback who spent the past four years with New England, has agreed to a four-year contract with the New Orleans Saints.

Gay's agent, Albert Elias, told The Associated Press that the deal is worth up to $17.6 million. Gay was an unrestricted free agent.

Signed out of LSU in 2004 by the Patriots, Gay has recorded 83 career tackles, five interceptions and recovered three fumbles, including two returned for touchdowns. He played in all 19 games for New England in 2007 after his previous two seasons were cut short by ankle and hamstring injuries.

Saints sign McCray

Defensive end Bobby McCray, who has played the past four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, agreed to a five-year contract today with the New Orleans Saints.

Other terms were not disclosed by the team. McCray had been an unrestricted free agent.

Drafted out of Florida by the Jaguars in 1994, McCray has played in 61 regular season games, recording 94 tackles, 22 sacks and seven forced fumbles. He recorded a career-high 10 sacks in 2006.

Stecker stays a Saint

Running back Aaron Stecker has agreed to a contract with the New Orleans Saints.

Terms were not released. Stecker had been an unrestricted free agent.

Stecker originally signed with the Saints in 2004 after four years with Tampa Bay. He rushed in 2007 for a career-high 448 yards, scored five touchdowns and caught 36 passes during six starts.


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Old 03-03-2008, 06:25 AM   #2
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Upgrading the D with good youthful players. I like it. No real steps backwards. so far so good.
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Old 03-03-2008, 01:02 PM   #3
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Missing out on Dewayne kills me though. I really think he was worth a 4th rounder this year. But of course, you guys already know that.
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Old 03-03-2008, 01:08 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by LordOfEntropy View Post
Missing out on Dewayne kills me though. I really think he was worth a 4th rounder this year. But of course, you guys already know that.
We don't have a 4th this year. We traded it to the Jets as part of the package for Vilma.

The New York Jets traded linebacker Jonathan Vilma to the New Orleans Saints on Friday for a fourth-round draft pick in April.

If Vilma reaches certain playtime incentives and signs a contract extension with New Orleans, New York would instead receive a second- or third-round pick in 2009. The Jets would then give the Saints their fourth-round pick next year.
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Old 03-03-2008, 09:21 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by WhoDat205 View Post
We don't have a 4th this year. We traded it to the Jets as part of the package for Vilma
We traded a conditional 4th rounder in 09 for Vilma. Could be a 3rd rounder depending on how well he plays, so Vilma doesn't account for our 08 4th rounder.
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Old 03-04-2008, 03:15 AM   #6
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There are various posts all over the net saying different things about the cost for that Vilma trade. Some say only a conditional next year. Others say a 4th this year - plus a conditional next year. I wish something definitive would come out. Most of the links I've encoutered (including Times Picayune and ESPN) say it's just a conditional next year.
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Old 03-04-2008, 04:31 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Memnoch_TP View Post
We traded a conditional 4th rounder in 09 for Vilma. Could be a 3rd rounder depending on how well he plays, so Vilma doesn't account for our 08 4th rounder.
actually its our 4th rounder in 2008, and if he meets the conditions in the trade than we give them our 3rd in 2009 and they give us their 4th in 2009.
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