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TheOak 02-12-2014 04:45 PM

Saints begin cap cutting(Greer,Harper,Smith,Vilma)
 
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METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints are expected to make roster cuts soon with Will Smith told he will be released, according to a league source, and Roman Harper appearing to be another casualty based on a tweet Wednesday evening.

The Saints will need to make several moves to get under the salary cap by March 11. They're projected to be around $13 million to $15 million over the cap, and they'll need even more space to re-sign or use the franchise tag on free agent tight end Jimmy Graham.

Harper tweeted a farewell to New Orleans on Wednesday, hinting that he will be released by the Saints.


The moves with Smith, 32, and Harper, 31, are expected because of their diminishing roles and large salaries. But they'll still be difficult ones for the Saints to make. Both are former Pro Bowlers and longtime leaders who have been around since the beginning of the most successful era in franchise history.

Smith, who arrived as a first-round draft pick in 2004, is the longest-tenured player on the Saints' roster. But he missed all of last season with a knee injury, and he is due to earn $11.55 million in the final year of his contract this year. Harper, who is signed through 2015, is due to earn $3.15 million this year.

The Saints can save all of that money against the cap, if they designate Harper as a post-June 1 release. The Saints would still be charged a pro-rated portion of their signing bonuses against the salary cap ($2.39 million for Smith and $2.72 million for Harper).

Smith and Harper are two of only 13 players remaining from the Saints' Super Bowl roster. But it's possible that the Saints could part ways with up to nine of those players this offseason. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma, safety Malcolm Jenkins, offensive tackle Zach Strief and receiver Robert Meachem are unrestricted free agents. And cornerback Jabari Greer, receiver Lance Moore and running back Pierre Thomas are potential salary-cap casualties.

Smith ranks fourth in Saints history with 67.5 career sacks. He had a career-high 13 of them during the Saints' 2009 Super Bowl season. And he had 10.5 of them during his Pro Bowl season in 2006. Before he tore his ACL last summer, Smith had only missed five games in his first nine seasons.

Harper, a second-round draft pick in 2006, started 104 games, with 17 sacks, 14 forced fumbles and seven interceptions. He made the Pro Bowl in 2009 and 2010.

New Orleans Saints to cut Will Smith, Roman Harper - ESPN

New Orleans Saints part ways with Jabari Greer, Roman Harper, Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma

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kcsaints 02-12-2014 04:47 PM

Re: Saints to begin cap-cutting soon (Notifications Given)
 
Roman Harper announced it on his Facebook page
To the city of New Orleans and it's fans .... THANK YOU for the 8 years of ‪#‎GreatMemories‬ ‪#‎WHODAT‬ ‪#‎SBXLIVCHAMPS‬

CoreyO 02-12-2014 04:51 PM

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Smith , Greer, harper, and vilma cut

ChrisXVI 02-12-2014 04:56 PM

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Necessary moves. This is what it's like having a smart GM.

exile 02-12-2014 04:56 PM

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Greer? That's a surprise.

CoreyO 02-12-2014 04:58 PM

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Originally Posted by exile (Post 577885)
Greer? That's a surprise.

Hes getting a little old might be hard for him to get back to speed with that injury

73Saint 02-12-2014 05:01 PM

First casualties...Greer, Harper, Smith & Vilma
 
New Orleans Saints part ways with Jabari Greer, Roman Harper, Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma

lsusaint912 02-12-2014 05:01 PM

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Don't like the greer cut.. Dont care what people think.. I loved the dude.. i would have cut Vilma over greer

The Dude 02-12-2014 05:02 PM

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Originally Posted by exile (Post 577885)
Greer? That's a surprise.

Don't think he will ever be the same after injury. They did him a favor so he would have time to heal and catch on elsewhere.

CoreyO 02-12-2014 05:03 PM

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Originally Posted by lsusaint912 (Post 577888)
Don't like the greer cut.. Dont care what people think.. I loved the dude.. i would have cut Vilma over greer

But it wassnt one over the other, they were both cut. We need alot of cutting and restructuring to afford graham and get some free agents in here


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