Saints DE Will Smith and LB Jonathan Vilma restructured their contracts to remain with the team, source says.
New Orleans Times-Picayune "It's clear to me that the New Orleans Saints would like defensive end Will Smith ($14.5 million salary cap) and linebacker Jonathan Vilma ($8.6 million) back in 2013. Otherwise, one or both would have been cut already. So at this point, I'd be surprised if Vilma and Smith weren't on the team by..." March 12
New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton said he does envision defensive end Will Smith, linebacker Jonathan Vilma and safety Roman Harper on the Saints roster next year in an interview on WWL-AM on Tuesday night. Payton quickly added a disclaimer, though. "First off, I do envision those guys in a..." March 06
NFL.com "Statistically speaking, the New Orleans Saints had the worst defense in NFL history last season. That reality cost defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo his job, but coach Sean Payton would like to retain some of the noted veterans of that depressing unit. Defensive end Will Smith, linebacker..." March 05
ESPN.com "The New Orleans Saints' plans to transition to a 3-4 defense under new coordinator Rob Ryan would seem to be bad news for linebacker Jonathan Vilma, a prototypical 4-3 middle linebacker, but coach Sean Payton said Tuesday he believes that the veteran can make the switch. Vilma, who was a key..." February 14