New Orleans Saints Play It Smart By Restructuring Brodrick Bunkley’s Deal

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The New Orleans Saints have been busy this offseason as they’ve made numerous key moves to make sure they get under the salary cap for the 2013 season and it appears another one of their players was the victim of seeing his 2013 base salary reduced–Brodrick Bunkley.

Despite the defensive tackle seeing his base salary for next season drop from $3.7 million to $750,000, Bunkley still has to be pleased with still receiving $3 million in bonus that will be spread out throughout the rest of his contract. This move may not seem like a big deal on paper, but it was certainly necessary from the perspective of the Saints and it was good to see Bunkley compromise the deal now to help the team focus on the 2013 season.

Bunkley is coming off his first season with the Saints and after recording just 2.5 sacks in 2012–it’s safe to say the Saints made the right move here with this situation to make him reduce his base salary. Clearly, Bunkley didn’t live up to the expectations New Orleans had for him heading into the 2012 season and this move was necessary as the team still has work to do when it comes to getting under the salary cap.

Of course, when it comes to the Saints’ defense in general, they still have plenty of work to do when it comes to bouncing back from what turned out to be a horrendous 2012 season. New Orleans ranked near the bottom of the league last year when it came to overall defense and if they have any chance of competing in the NFC South next season–that will have to change in 2013.

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