Forum: Saints News
Posted By: mvtrucking
Post Time: 03-13-2012 at 10:49 AM
While the NFL is set for some wild times as free agency begins, salary cap issues may prevent the New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys from being major players in the frenzy.
Do you feel that the media is blowing this up with smoke and mirrors making it something that is it not. - Jeremy S.
Obviously you’re referring to the Saints‘ defensive pay-for-performance system and no, I don’t think the media is blowing it up with smoke a mirrors. The Saints are guilty and the NFL busted them, that’s the simple truth. Anyone thinking the Saints have done nothing wrong or that they’re being framed by the league is just in denial. What I do think the media is doing, however, is focusing too much on the bounty aspect of the system Gregg Williams set up and not properly framing it within the entire pay-for-performance program.
Which has the greater chance of happening: The league matching up the Saints against the Giants in the kick-off game to start the season or Gregg Williams being invited to Tom Benson’s house for Thanksgiving dinner? - Mobile S.
The league matching up the Saints against the Giants in the season-opener has a much better chance of happening. In all honesty, this Bountygate scandal might make the Saints an even more attractive option for the 2012 kickoff because love ‘em or hate ‘em, this scandal would surely draw huge ratings. I’m pretty sure neither Gregg Williams nor Mike Ornstein will be invited over to the Benson’s for the holidays.
Do you think Steve Spagnuolo was aware of the NFL investigation before he was hired? I’m impressed that he took the job knowing what could be an avalanche of bad press. – T. Mac
Interesting question. I think Spagnuolo was probably aware that Gregg Williams ran a pay-for-performance program but I can’t say for sure whether he was aware that the league was investigating it. I don’t really think it matters since all of the bad press has completely avoided Spagnuolo. In fact, it may have made the situation more attractive for a new defensive coordinator, considering the Saints should be eagerly looking to turn over a new leaf.
What D line changes do you see the saints making. Will they let go of Will Smith and Scott Shanle? – Keljuane B.
I don’t see many big changes for the Saints defensive line, as much as I hate to say it. I’m sure they’ll sign a free agent or two, maybe even draft one, but I’m not expecting big things. It looks like Will Smith is here to stay, since he restructured his contract earlier this month. Scott Shanle’s not going anywhere, so you might as well get used to that sweet barbed wire tattoo around his arm. I think our best hope for improvement in the pass rushing department lies with new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.
Why is Vilma being called out i missed the issue with Vilma - P. Head
Born January 15, 1979 in Dallas, TX, Drew Brees or legally, Andrew Christopher Brees, attended Westlake HS in Austin, where he lettered in Football, Basketball and Baseball. In 1996, as a senior, Drew led his High School team to a perfect 16-0 season. Under his leadership, they also won the 5A State Championship and Drew
The Saints are believed to have around $5 million of salary cap space, and this was before signing backup QB Chase Daniel on Monday. The Saints will likely have to make cuts very soon to free up salary cap space to make any moves of significance in free agency. Some candidates that could potentially be axed include LBs Scott Shanle and Will Herring, WR Devery Henderson and FB Korey Hall.
A lack of salary cap space will likely prevent the Saints from being a major player once free agency opens Tuesday afternoon. The team’s top priority will be to try to keep G Carl Nicks and WR Marques Colston. There seemed like more progress than ever on both fronts Monday night, but the Saints have to be financially creative to keep one of them, much less both players.