Daily Special, April 21, 2012

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Hope took a strong uptick when the news that both Jabari Greer and Jonathan Vilma restructured their contracts. The whole point to that, of course, is to free up more money to put toward other contracts…or contract, singular, if said contract happens to be gargantuan.

Drew Brees’ cap number recently went up from $14 million to $16 million. Greer’s restructuring perhaps took care of that. And Vilma’s? Remember that the Saints and Brees were reportedly now just a couple million per year apart. Is that, perchance, the savings on Vilma? Might we expect some big news very soon?

It’s already big news all on its own, of course. Not only do we keep Greer, our best defensive back; we also are apparently keeping Vilma—despite his expected suspension, and despite the presence of two new linebackers, Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorn, either of whom are perfectly capable of taking his place. You don’t convert future salary into present bonus unless you intend to keep the man around. (They can’t just now cut Vilma, because his entire bonus would count against this year’s cap. They’d be worse off than when they started.)

So, the light at the end of the tunnel that Nolachick pleads for so desperately may not come courtesy of the NFL draft, but much, much better news. Hopefully.

On the other hand, Andrew Juge’s angst concerning the player suspensions isn’t likely to go away anytime soon. On this matter, I side with Mike Triplett’s analysis—which, of course, I may live to regret. So let’s just say that he sides with me, even though he did publish first. The player suspensions aren’t entirely up to Goodell; and the delay may not be simply Goodell’s sneaky, passive-aggressive way to wreck the Saints’ draft and further screw up their season. The NFLPA will have something to say in the matter—and a court case right now is the last thing the NFL needs (since the union could subpoena ALL the so-called evidence). That’s what’s behind Jeff Pash’s ridiculous accusation that the union is acting against the players’ interests when they oppose the mighty hand of My Lord Goodell: the NFL is resorting to PR, because they can’t win in court and they know it.

Personally, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this plays out like StarCaps: we’ll teeter on the edge of limbo all season, win a Super Bowl, and lose some defensive personnel next season. Eh, I’ll take it.

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  • philistineApril 21, 2012 at 11:59 am

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    As is usually the case in contract restructurings, the devil’s in the details. However, from day one the Saints have given verbal support to Vilma. I originally thought Vilma might be suspended for the entire season, but it looks increasingly like he’ll play this season; accordingly, restructuring becomes more important. Had he been suspended for the year, restructuring would not have accomplished much. In either case, Vilma will be with the Saints in 2012. As you pointed out, Saints player suspensions could easily play out like the StarCaps cases, and I think that, since the league hasn’t announced suspensions yet, the Saints are going to draft as if players won’t be suspended this year. Frankly, the league hasn’t given them any choice. The end result is encouraging, since the whole punishment won’t happen in one big, indigestible lump. The Saints will be competitive this coming season. Loomis the Great continues to amaze and astound us with his cap magic.

    Of course, if you ask cp about it, he’ll tell you the sky’s going to come crashing down any day now – in comment after comment after comment.

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  • philistineApril 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm

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    Has anyone besides Larry Holder reported that Vilma restructured his contract? I haven’t seen it anywhere else.

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    • stujo4April 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm

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      >keeping Vilma—despite his expected suspension, and despite the presence of two new >linebackers, Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorn, either of whom are perfectly capable of >taking his place.

      The 2011 Vilma, sure. We don’t know if they can replace the 2009 Vilma.

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      • HimselfApril 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm

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        Technically, we won’t “know” that until it’s tried. We also don’t know if the 2012 Vilma will be the successor to the 2009 Vilma, or the 2011 Vilma. My money is on “both.”

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        • stujo4April 21, 2012 at 3:15 pm

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          ,,,says the guy who thought Wil Herring was a big upgrade over Shanle.

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    • cc58April 21, 2012 at 2:06 pm

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      Pro Sports Daily

      And
      Saints Nation

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      • philistineApril 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm

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        Neither mention sources. Oh well. The move would make sense, but I won’t get too excited about it until it’s corroborated by a more substantial source.

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  • AcquiredPanicApril 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm

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    Are you enjoying coming up with stuff for all us fucks to read everyday?

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    • HimselfApril 21, 2012 at 5:56 pm

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      I’m getting a cut of all the ad revenue. It’s all going into a money market account, and when I have enough I’m going to buy Google.

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      • HansDatApril 21, 2012 at 6:49 pm

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        Before I scrolled all the way down, I thought that read, “buy Goodell”

        wishful thinking, I think

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      • Just Nother DayApril 22, 2012 at 4:57 am

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        Why would you want one of these???

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  • AcquiredPanicApril 22, 2012 at 3:38 pm

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    Where’s the Sunday daily special? Most people like to eat after church. I don’t go to church but it’s some people’s highlight of the week…..

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    • HimselfApril 22, 2012 at 8:08 pm

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      I’m taking Sundays off. Maybe I need an assistant, like Dave has. Or a life. Yeah, that’s it.

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