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Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma prevailed in their defiant battle against the NFL's bounty suspensions. But they'll face an even tougher adversary in the offseason:

The salary cap.

The two longtime leaders of the New Orleans Saints defense loom as the most likely veterans to be released as the Saints face the daunting task of slicing millions of dollars off their cap.

Unless the former Pro Bowlers agree to substantial pay cuts, their remarkable runs with the Saints likely will come to an end.

Neither Smith nor Vilma was interested this week in speculating about their futures. Although players are constantly aware of the business side of this game, they're equally aware that it does no good to dwell on their football mortality.

When Smith was asked if he has at least taken a moment to appreciate that he could be down to his final two games in a Saints uniform, he said, "Well, you always appreciate it. You never know. Nothing's guaranteed in this business."

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Old 12-21-2012, 07:08 PM   #2
 
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Smith would a good situational player with a pay cut.
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Good riddance to both. Don't get me wrong, they've done great things for the Saints... but they're both done. I was so excited when Vilma started playing again this season, but after a few games I remembered how I felt prior to this season: He's not very good anymore. Time to rebuild this defense folks... And it starts with bidding adieu to Will Smith and Vilma.
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And who do you propose we put in place of Vilma? Casillas or Shanle? Gross. I would like to see Ellis, Streif, Greer and Shanle gone before Vilma walks. Draft a coverage safety and put Jenkins at corner.
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Will Smith needs to go! We can't afford to keep him......whether we are referring to his play or his salary. Buh bye.
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:25 PM   #6
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This is why it is even more critcal to get coach signed.
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It want hurt my feeling to see them go, I hope they take Ellis with them, good ridense.
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Time to move on, and get rid of most of them the way I fell now
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After allowing the Cowboys back into the game like that...everyone, including coaches should be held accountable - and that includes pink slips...
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The way the team played at the start of season is what really cost. Win just half of the first 4 and playoffs here we come. Win all home games plus 2 on the road and for the most part you are in. That is a 10 - 6 record.
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