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Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith future Saints cap victims?

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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.

New Orleans Times-Picayune

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December 22, 2012  10:50 AM ET

That's Da Way Da System Works!

December 22, 2012  11:41 AM ET
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That's Da Way Da System Works!

Yep... And they won't be the only 2...

December 22, 2012  12:14 PM ET

The Saints have only so much bounty to spend on its players.

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December 22, 2012  04:10 PM ET

To think that the Saints used to be such a likeable franchise.....

 
December 23, 2012  09:37 AM ET
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To think that the Saints used to be such a likeable franchise.....

Wow...they must have pissed in somebody's Wheaties. It just doesn't end with them.

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