10:32 AM ET 12.22 | Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma prevailed in their defiant battle against the NFL's bounty suspensions. But they'll face an even tougher adversary in the offseason:The salary cap. The two longtime leaders of the New Orleans Saints defense loom as the most likely veterans to be released as the Saints face the daunting task of slicing millions of dollars off their cap. Unless the former Pro Bowlers agree to substantial pay cuts, their remarkable runs with the Saints likely will come to an end. The Saints are projected to be around $16 million above the salary cap heading into 2013 - and that's even with pending free agents like Sedrick Ellis and Jermon Bushrod coming off the books.