New Orleans Saints Make Big Moves; Brees Deal Could Be Very Soon

By Brandon Winkler

The New Orleans Saints and cornerback Jabari Greer have agreed to a three-year contract extension, according to Greer’s agent Mark Bloom.

Specific contract details were not released, but the contract is rumored to be worth around $23 million over the course of the deal. Jabari Greer was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2012 season.

Since entering the league in 2004 as an undrafted free agent with the Buffalo Bills, Greer has accumulated 320 tackles, two sacks, and nine interceptions over his eight-year career. 2011 may have been his best season yet, recording 71 tackles and one interception. Greer was thrown at more than any other cornerback in the leauge last year with 121 targets, allowing 67 receptions on those passes.

“It shows that with his progressive level of success and high level of play, the Saints are rewarding Jabari,” Bloom said. “The Saints are echoing what the fans think. In three years, Jabari has become one of the best corners ever in a Saints uniform.”

Which stands true. Greer has stepped his game up tremendously since the Saints 2009 Super Bowl run, improving in each of the two years. He is arguably the best cornerback in the division along with Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes.

This also brings stability in the cornerback position as far as starters by having Greer locked up until after the 2015 season and Patrick Robinson until following the 2014 season.

By giving Greer a contract extension this  gives New Orleans a bit of wiggle room with their cap space. Greer was due a base salary of $5.4 million with a cap hit of $6.15 in 2012 and the extension will lessen that significantly.

This is a good sign because it shows the New Orleans Saints are making significant progress with quarterback Drew Brees, who has yet to sign his franchise tag and has missed voluntary workouts due to contract negotiations.

The Saints and Brees were reportedly $2 million off in contract talks, which in my mind, means that New Orleans brought up their price a bit while Brees’ agent, Tom Condon, stood firm at the $23 million a year they were asking.

According to Saints Correspondent Larry Holder via a league source, the Saints have also restructured linebacker Jonathan Vilma’s contract, making it cap friendly for 2012.

Vilma will likely be suspended for the 2012 season, but the Saints have done a good job picking up former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorne from the Seattle Seahawks, who are both capable of filling the void at middle linebacker.

Jonathan Vilma was set to have a cap hit of $7.5 million next season.

I tell people you know a deal will be close when restructures begin to happen. For Saints fans, this could potentially be the news everyone is waiting for in the coming days.

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