Updating a previous report, the New Orleans Saints officially placed LB Jonathan Vilma (knee) on the Injured Reserve/Designated to Return list Tuesday, Sept. 2. He cannot practice with the team for the first 6 weeks of the season, and can't play for the first 8 weeks.
Huddle Up: Vilma is on the other side of 30 now and this will mark the third straight season in which he has missed 5 or more games.
Posted: 3/13/2013 12:07pm et
New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith and LB Jonathan Vilma took significant pay cuts in order to remain with the team. Smith's $1 million roster bonus and $150,000 workout bonus for 2013 remain, but his salary has been reduced to $3 million, a $6 million pay cut that lowers his cap number to $8.502 million for the upcoming season. Vilma, meanwhile, was scheduled to earn a $1.1 million roster bonus, along with a $100,000 workout bonus and $4.8 million salary for a 2013 cap number of $8.6325 million. Under the renegotiation, Vilma's roster bonus was erased and his base salary was reduced to $1 million. The team doubled his workout bonus to $200,000, all of which results in Vilma having a 2013 cap number of $3.8325 million, a reduction of $4.8 million for the upcoming season.
Huddle Up: With the Saints switching defensive scheme and needing to free up cap space, both Smith and Vilma were asked to take cuts or risk being released. Both opted to stick around and see what Rob Ryan has in store for them.
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