Jonathan Vilma Should Allow New Orleans Saints to Restructure His Contract

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The New Orleans Saints will need to make a few changes this off-season as they were $13.5 million over the salary cap before Curtis Lofton agreed to restructure his contract and it looks like they’ll be looking to restructure another deal from one of their key players–linebacker Jonathan Vilma.

At the moment, Vilma is scheduled to make $6 million in 2013 and with the way things turned out last season between his suspension for involvement in the bounty scandal, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him restructuring his deal to help the Saints get under the cap. When healthy, Vilma has always been considered one of the top linebackers in the league–so it would be no surprise to see the Saints do whatever it takes to make sure he’s back for the 2013 season.

New Orleans will be looking to bounce back from what ended up being a disappointing 2012 season as they finished the year with a 7-9 record–which doesn’t seem as bad considering their 0-4 start. With one of the league’s worst defenses, how far the Saints go in 2013 could rely heavily on Vilma and company as the offense is already set as long Drew Brees remains healthy.

As mentioned before, Vilma has proven to be capable of being one of the league’s top linebackers when healthy and could play a key factor to the team’s success heading into 2013. If Vilma were smart, he would take one for the team and help the Saints out by agreeing to restructure his contract to give the team some space in the salary cap.

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