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Brodrick Bunkley restructures contract

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The Saints didn’t use the franchise tag on Monday, but they did make a move to clear themselves room under the salary cap.

Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com reports that the team has restructured the contract of defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley. Bunkley had been scheduled to make a base salary of $3.7 million in 2013 with a cap hit of $4.7 million, but the Saints decided to convert $3 million of that money into a signing bonus. That drops Bunkley’s cap hit to $2.5 million while spreading the rest of the hit over the remaining three years on his contract.

Bunkley started 15 games for the Saints in 2012, recorded 2.5 sacks and picked up a $20,000 fine for kicking 49ers guard Alex Boone in the head during a November game. At 306 pounds, he might be a bit small to play on the nose in a traditional 3-4 defense, although that didn’t stop Rob Ryan from using Jay Ratliff there in Dallas.

The Saints reportedly would like to re-sign left tackle Jermon Bushrod before he hits the open market. The money saved in the Bunkley restructuring, along with the moves the Saints made last week, should help their effort to make that happen.

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5 Responses to “Brodrick Bunkley restructures contract”
  1. Pat says: Mar 4, 2013 4:38 PM

    Bunkley is built like a house though. He did 44 reps during the combine, he is a man. He is probably strong enough to hold up the middle of the line.

  2. asseenonokra says: Mar 4, 2013 5:11 PM

    Bunkley is better off as a nose-tackle in a 3-4. He’ll be a better fit for the Saints in the upcoming season.

    Contrary to popular belief, the Saints are NOT lacking the types of players necessary for the switch to a 3-4 defense.

  3. atwatercrushesokoye says: Mar 4, 2013 5:15 PM

    Not all 3-4′s are created equal, despite some in the media, like Peter King, thinking they are. He’s big enough to play nose in a one gap 3-4 (like Wade Phillips uses) he’s not big enough to play nose in a two gap 3-4 (like Bill Belichick ran when the Patriots used an extensive 3-4).

  4. therealtrenches says: Mar 4, 2013 7:51 PM

    Broderick Bunkley’s lucky a sub-par defense like the one in New Orleans was willing to take a chance on him after he played so poorly in Philly for all those years. The fact that they moved cap money over to the signing bonus table to keep him in the fold doesn’t bode well for Saints fans.

    He may be a weight room warrior, but it has never translated to the NFL.

    He looks like Tarzan, but he plays like Jane.

  5. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 5, 2013 12:27 PM

    Anyone who has any fantasies about the Saints defense being in the top of the rankings this year is delusional. This transition is going to take time.
    The good news is that they can only go up from the bottom of the barrel rankings from last year.

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