The New Orleans Times-Picayune considers it "highly likely" LB Jonathan Vilma will have to take a "drastic" pay cut to remain with the Saints.
Vilma is due $4.8 million coming off a lost season, and will count $8.6 million against the cap. He may also be left without a position in the Saints' new 3-4 defense, but coach Sean Payton insists that's not the case. "(Vilma's) a guy that runs to the ball and has great vision, very instinctual football player," Payton said. Payton believes Vilma could occupy the weakside, with Curtis Lofton remaining in the middle. That unlikely scenario won't have a chance of happening if Vilma doesn't restructure.