Under his old contract, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma was due to earn a base salary of $5.4 million in 2012. Per a source with knowledge of Vilma’s new contract, his compensation has dropped to $2.6 million.
That’s a difference (abacus engaged) of $2.8 million.
The good news, if there is any, for Vilma is that if he should get bad news from the league office in the form of a suspension, only $1.6 million will be exposed to the forfeiture of game checks. He received a signing bonus of $1 million and the rest as base salary.
If suspended, he’ll lose more than $94,000 per game. Under his old contract, he would have lost $317,000 per game.
Then again, he’s also losing nearly $3 million off the top.
The new contract undoubtedly has no connection to his role, whatever his role may have been, in the bounty scandal. Instead, it’s a reflection of his current age, health, abilities, and the market for veteran linebackers.