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Tue, 21 May 2013 09:00:25 -0700
New Orleans Saints LB Will Smith lined up at outside linebacker for the first time as the team transitions to a 3-4 defense during OTAs Monday, May 20. "That's where we'll start him," head coach Sean Payton said, noting that outside linebackers often play pass-rushing roles in a 3-4 scheme. "We can play him right and left, but I think initially that right outside position would be very similar to what he's played for us in the past." LB Jonathan Vilma is expected to be one of the two inside linebackers in their new defense.
Mon, 20 May 2013 06:50:29 -0700
The New Orleans Saints will line up DE Will Smith at outside linebacker in OTAs.
Wed, 13 Mar 2013 06:56:38 -0700
New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith and LB Jonathan Vilma took significant pay cuts in order to remain with the team. Smith's $1 million roster bonus and $150,000 workout bonus for 2013 remain, but his salary has been reduced to $3 million, a $6 million pay cut that lowers his cap number to $8.502 million for the upcoming season. Vilma, meanwhile, was scheduled to earn a $1.1 million roster bonus, along with a $100,000 workout bonus and $4.8 million salary for a 2013 cap number of $8.6325 million. Under the renegotiation, Vilma's roster bonus was erased and his base salary was reduced to $1 million. The team doubled his workout bonus to $200,000, all of which results in Vilma having a 2013 cap number of $3.8325 million, a reduction of $4.8 million for the upcoming season.
Wed, 06 Mar 2013 09:51:52 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said he envisions DE Will Smith, Jonathan Vilma and SS Roman Harper being on the team next season but understands roster moves could be made during the offseason. "First off, I do envision those guys in a Saints uniform, and yet I'm also realistic and understand that every year since the beginning of free agency the percentage of players on your roster that turns over is different than it used to be," Payton said.
Wed, 27 Feb 2013 22:33:46 -0800
The New Orleans Saints have offered DE Will Smith a reduced contract, which would allow him to stay with the team. The two sides are discussing the possibility of the new deal.
Mon, 18 Feb 2013 13:04:47 -0800
The New Orleans Saints have asked DE Will Smith to take a big reduction in salary for 2013 season.
Mon, 18 Feb 2013 05:57:42 -0800
The New Orleans Saints will ask LB Jonathan Vilma and DE Will Smith to restructure their contracts.
Wed, 06 Feb 2013 05:41:13 -0800
New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith may have to restructure his contract to stay with the team in 2013. He's set to make $9 million with a $1 million roster bonus.
Sun, 03 Feb 2013 17:06:29 -0800
New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith said he expects to be with the team next season and believes he will be able to fit in the 3-4 defensive alignment. "Yeah, like I've said before part of the defensive scheme we had before was some sort of 3-4 anyway, that's what we've been doing," Smith said. "In my mind it's nothing I'm not used to so I'm not worried about it."
Thu, 24 Jan 2013 17:05:27 -0800
New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith and LB Jonathan Vilma may not fit the 3-4 defensive alignment the team is switching to next season.
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