Saints Begin Cap-Cutting
On Wednesday the New Orleans Saints announced that they are parting ways with four defensive starters from last season’s squad. Defensive end Will Smith, corner-back Jabari Greer, safety Roman Harper, and linebacker Jonathan Vilma all of whom played on the 2009 Super Bowl Championship team. This is a cap cutting maneuver from the Saints and it also makes them a much younger team, though I believe that is a good thing.
Roman Harper only played in nine games last season and is now 31 years old, so his release comes as no surprise. Jonathan Vilma only played in one game last season, and his recent comments regarding a potentially gay teammate were puzzling and interesting to say the least. Vilma has also not seemed like the same impact play-maker the past few seasons in New Orleans that he once was for the Jets.
Will Smith is coming off a torn ACL, missed all of last season and was also owed more than $11 million next season. Parting ways with the 32-year old is a smart move in my mind. Jabari Greer also tore his ACL in week 11 of last season and was due $8 million over each of the next two seasons. These are all cost cutting maneuvers from New Orleans as they look to improve both offensively and defensively going into 2014.
The New Orleans Saints certainly started their off-season on the right foot as they not only save millions with these cuts but they also now have an opportunity to semi-rebuild. The Saints begin cap-cutting, which is definitely a smart move. Drew Brees is not effected whatsoever by these cuts and this will provide ample opportunity for all of the young players on the Saints defense to not only prove their worth, but to also prove that they belong. The money saved with these cuts will allow New Orleans to explore more options this off-season through free agency, trades, and the draft.