Wednesday, 15 February 2012 15:45

Tatupu, Vilma, Brees And The New Orleans Saints Salary Cap

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vilmaRight now the Saints are sitting on a salary cap of $94 million for 2012.

Early reports had their cap at $106 million already committed to the 2012 season. But that figure included a charge of almost $12 million for Drew Brees, but that $12 million was voided out of Brees' contract.. So it's $94 million.

 But that will change when  Brees gets a salary of about $18 million.  Brees' new deal will put the cap figure somewhere around $15 million unless the Saints can spread his money out.

That would put the Saints up to about $109 million and they would have room to re-sign some other key players.

The Saints aren't as bad off in terms of the salary cap. There will be some room, to work with and they could restructure some existing contracts or release players to create more room.

So why did the New Orleans Saints bring in free agent LB Lofa Tatupu for a visit on Tuesday?

Some NFL observers are wondering if  another linebacker Vilma is on the block.

Here’s one take from the Pigskin Report : Saints have some key decisions this offseason. QB Drew Brees and one of his favorite targets, WR Marques Colston are both potential free agents. The Saints could place the franchise tag on Brees, but Colston will command serious money if he is allowed to reach the free agent market.

Vilma missed the Saints final five games of the season in 2011 and will be one of the highest paid defenders for New Orleans in 2012, drawing a $5.6 million dollar contract. Vilma and Tatupu are nearly mirror images of each other not only in physical stature, but in their style of play. Tatupu did not play in 2011, although there has been speculation that he underwent kneesurgery while sitting out the season.

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by Ed Staton

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Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography. | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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