New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton told reporters, including Larry Holder of NOLA.com, that he envisions veteran defensive end Will Smith, linebacker Jonathan Vilma and safety Roman Harper on the team’s roster next season.
However, Payton did offer a disclaimer:
"It's different now. There's an economic factor to it. It's as simple as a household budget. If you're going to have cable and you're going to have heat, you might not be able to have something else. So you've really got to look closely at your production, you've got to look closely at your cap."
The Saints remain just over the salary cap even after they restructured the contracts of Marques Colston, Jahri Evans, Ben Grubbs, David Hawthorne, Curtis Lofton and Brodrick Bunkley this offseason. Smith ($14.5 million salary cap figure for 2013), Vilma ($8.6 million) and Harper ($7.1 million) are all candidates to be restructured or released in order to help get the team under the cap.
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