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Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma take big pay cuts

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How Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma fit into the Saints new 3-4 defense remains to be seen.

But they’ll fit into their pants easier today, because their wallets are much thinner.

According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, both players took significant pay cuts as part of yesterday’s restructurings, which cleared more than $10 million worth of cap space.

Smith took a $6 million cut, from $9 million in base salary to $3 million. He will keep a $1 million roster bonus and a $150,000 workout bonus. His compensation for 2014 was unchanged.

Vilma’s $1.1 million roster bonus went away, and his base salary was reduced from $4.8 million to $1 million, though his workout bonus was doubled from $100,000 to $200,000.

That’s a steep price for the players to pay, but they apparently decided it beats looking for work.

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9 Responses to “Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma take big pay cuts”
  1. tennis22drew says: Mar 13, 2013 9:48 AM

    Looks like a bounty program is a good way to keep your guys on the cheap!

  2. bucrightoff says: Mar 13, 2013 9:49 AM

    Obviously bounties will be returning so these guys can make up the money.

  3. fuglyflorio says: Mar 13, 2013 9:50 AM

    Sorry boys, but Drew needs the money.

  4. chitter23 says: Mar 13, 2013 9:53 AM

    They figured with all that bounty money up for grabs they could afford to take a cut.

  5. airstreamtex says: Mar 13, 2013 9:53 AM

    Vilma’s punk ass shouldnt even be in the league anymore.

  6. irishgary says: Mar 13, 2013 10:28 AM

    Vilma took a pay cut last year too

  7. nolagirl says: Mar 13, 2013 10:40 AM

    “Loyalty is Everything”

  8. bigjdve says: Mar 13, 2013 10:50 AM

    While I am no fan of Vilma, he did let his actions do the talking here when he said he wanted to stay a Saint.

    He took the hit that alot of players wouldn’t to stay where he is happy.

  9. goawayeverybody says: Mar 13, 2013 1:39 PM

    Ahem. Jonathan Vilma is very old by NFL standards, with multiple injuries and multiple surgeries over the past few years. He is far past his prime. I love Vilma, don’t get me wrong, but it would have been a smarter move to just cut him or for Vilma to retire gracefully.

    Vilma you helped the Saints win a Super Bowl and you were a beast.

    I wish the Saints would go after Israel Idonije or Osi Umenyiora, or John Abraham bigtime.

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