Smith, Vilma agree to restructure to remain with Saints, source says

Smith, Vilma agree to restructure to remain with Saints, source says

Smith, Vilma agree to restructure to remain with Saints, source says

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Posted on March 12, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 12 at 10:50 PM

Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
Email: bhandwerger@wwltv.com | Twitter: @wwltvsports

NEW ORLEANS — Defensive end Will Smith and linebacker Jonathan Vilma have restructured their contracts to remain with the Saints, a league source confirmed.

By doing so, the Saints likely moved below the $123 million salary cap that began at 3 p.m. today.

The terms of their restructures weren’t released, but they were set to cost a combined $23 million before their restructures. Smith had the second-highest salary-cap number at $14.5 million while Vilma was third at $8.6.

Those two moves combined with the earlier release of linebacker Will Herring should put the Saints in position to begin working on free agency in earnest.

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