Buzzing on Yahoo Sports:

Saints restructure deals to keep Vilma, Smith

The SportsXchange

Through restructured contracts, the New Orleans Saints found a way to retain defensvie end Will Smith and inside linebacker Jonathan Vilma. Now the question is whether they can find the right fit for the veterans in their new 3-4 scheme.

The Saints reduced the salary cap figures of both players, which combined to total $23.1 million.

Exact terms of the deals weren't immediately available.

Head coach Sean Payton said in February that he likes Vilma as an inside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme. He'd play alongside Curtis Lofton, an undersized tackle machine acquired via free agency in March 2012.

Smith's weight and mobility are the major issues that could prevent him from transitioning easily to outside linebacker. He is more like to play defensive end, which is regarded as a power position in a three-man or "30" front. The role calls for defensive linemen to tie up blocks more than they pressure the quarterback

Smith has 18 total sacks in his past three seasons.

Win cash prizes, pick a fantasy roster for just one day, join in minutes!

Learn how to play

Contest Entries Entry Fee Prizes Starts (EDT)
NFL $750K Baller 39774/85227 $10 $750000 Tomorrow 1:00 PM Enter
NFL $1 Single Entry 50/50 [Top 2,500 Win] 4236/5000 $1 $4500 Tomorrow 1:00 PM Enter
NFL $100K Tournament [$10K to 1st] 2811/4545 $25 $100000 Tomorrow 1:00 PM Enter
View Comments (6)