Report: Saints exercise Kenny Vaccaro’s fifth-year option

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Teams with players picked in the first round of the 2013 draft have to decide whether to exercise fifth-year options on those players’ contracts before the May 3 deadline to do so.

The Saints have reportedly opted not to go down to the wire with a call on safety Kenny Vaccaro’s contract. Albert Breer of NFL Media reports that the team has exercised the option, making them the first team to do so with a member of this year’s draft class.

As the 15th pick of the 2013 draft, Vaccaro’s salary for the 2017 season would be the average of the 3rd-25th best-paid safeties in the league. That should be somewhere in the mid-$5 million range for Vaccaro, although the official number isn’t known yet. The option is guaranteed against injury only, so the Saints can opt to move on from Vaccaro before it goes into effect if they change their minds and he’s healthy.

Vaccaro has been a starter for 44 of the 48 regular season games that the Saints have played since drafting him and has 257 tackles, five sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles over that span.

11 responses to “Report: Saints exercise Kenny Vaccaro’s fifth-year option

  1. Why? He was average at best.


    wrong,very good player. I would say he’s in the top 10 safeties easily.

  2. I love Vaccaro, he’s a vicious player and that’s kinda what you want in a player at the Safety position.

    Make opposing WR’s and TE’s think twice about running certain routes over the middle.

  3. They can’t be the first team because Carolina already picked up Star Lotulelei’s 5th yr option. Anyway, the right move by the Saints here.

  4. Couple of things here.
    Nice job on the Saints just pulling the trigger. Might serve them well in future negotiations.
    The Saints have too many holes on D to go screwing around on layups with good starting players. (PFF had him the 27th best out of 64 in ’15-not All Pro but certainly starter quality)

  5. Definitely happy about this. The guy had a slump no doubt but in defense of that and an doubters playing safety isn’t easy. Definitely not easy in any secondary or and secondary position when the opposing team has 5-6 sec per pass play.

  6. The Vaccaro that plays for the Saints is good.

    It’s the Vaccaro that works for the Vinci Police Department that kinda sucks.

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