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Vilma says it was worth the pay cut to stay with Saints

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He’s been hurt for the last two years, was caught in the middle of the league’s bounty investigation and had to take a nearly $5 million pay cut to stay.

But no one sounds happier to be with the Saints right now than linebacker Jonathan Vilma.

Hey, I’m good on the money side. So it’s just about winning right now,” Vilma told Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “And, you know, we say that all the time. But I would like to believe that most of our team really believes that. That we’re a team. It’s not really about individuals, it’s not really about selfish, it’s just about winning.

“And I think that we kind of got a raw deal last year. It is what it is. And so we want to get back out there this year.”

Vilma has multiple motivations, but that “raw deal” is now over, and he can get on with football.

“I think we definitely have the intensity. And that just comes from being able to focus on football and what really matters instead of really focusing on other things,” Vilma said. “I think Sean [Payton] put it best when we had our first meeting. We’re not gonna let what happened fuel us. What’s gonna fuel us is our team, our intensity, our desire to win, our ability to go out there and win some games.”

That and a desire to show people he can still play, after watching his pay shrink from $6 million to $1.2 million. He still needs to prove he can play in a 3-4 defense (which remains to be seen), and that he can still run at 31 years old after two years coming back from a knee problem.

But of the many problems, motivation isn’t one.

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14 Responses to “Vilma says it was worth the pay cut to stay with Saints”
  1. whitdog23 says: May 16, 2013 8:45 AM

    keep telling yourself that buddy while hearing others get bigger contracts

  2. hendeeze says: May 16, 2013 8:52 AM

    He converted base salary into bounty rewards.

  3. vfan76 says: May 16, 2013 8:54 AM

    It’s just because he knows this is the only place he is encouraged to cheat.

  4. jcfinest says: May 16, 2013 8:56 AM

    He’ll get the money back on the field. 10k per QB 5k per RB 3k per WR and 1k for taking out the OL

  5. jimmyhaffa says: May 16, 2013 9:14 AM

    Since he got payed all through college, I’m sure he has plenty of money left.

    Go Canes!

  6. saintmyfault says: May 16, 2013 9:18 AM

    Holy crap I can’t wait for this season to start! We will need Vilmas leadership more than anything. 11-5 or 10-6 is not out of the question for this team if they stay relatively healthy. And anything can happen in the playoffs. 49ers and Packers are going to be a tough out however, especially in their backyards. Atlanta just sucks.

  7. nolagirl says: May 16, 2013 10:03 AM

    Loyalty is Everything

  8. cantgetenoughwp says: May 16, 2013 10:07 AM

    I wonder how much of a pay cut he took when Spagnuolo became the DC.

  9. doubleogator says: May 16, 2013 10:31 AM

    Lot of negative thumbs down from a lot of fans of other teams that wish they had players that were not just motivated by big dollars…

  10. 49erstim says: May 16, 2013 10:41 AM

    A lower base pay, but with all the “incentives” he has been or will be paid he is money ahead.

  11. vtopa says: May 16, 2013 11:42 AM

    This guy is a very intelligent and a warrior on the field. Glad he stuck around.

  12. droyer85 says: May 16, 2013 4:23 PM

    He’s a great dude, I could definitely see him coaching once he hangs up the jersey

  13. droyer85 says: May 16, 2013 4:35 PM

    Do all you fools still think that your teams didn’t have “incentive” pay at any time? lol it really cracks me up that so many idiots act like this didn’t go on all over the league, the players admit to it. They made an example out of the Saints, that’s all they did. But if you hate Hargrove for it, then you must hate every player on your team too. it may not be anymore but it was common place in the NFL.

  14. vfan76 says: May 16, 2013 11:04 PM

    They did not make an example out of the Saint’s. The Saint’s made asses out of themselves and fans like you.

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