Bobby Hebert: ''Surprised'' that Vilma is staying with the Saints
On the first day of the 2013 NFL free agency period, the questions about the futures of both Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma were answered. Both players agreed to restructure their current deals in order to help the team and remain with the Saints.
Will Smith was due to make more than $14 million this season and Vilma was scheduled to make $8.6 million. .
My cohort, former Saint QB and current SportsTalk host Bobby Hebert, gives his take on today's moves.
"Some fans could be discouraged with Will Smith because we need him to play great and he has not. The Saints take the approach that Will Smith is our best defensive lineman and until someone beats Will out or the Saints bring in a better play we need Smith."
Bobby also gave his take on the Saints keeping Jonathan Vilma in a Black and Gold Uniform.
"I was a little surprised with Vilma staying with the Saints. Vilma has had more success in a 4-3 scheme rather than playing in a 3-4 scheme which the Saints are going to this season."
Hebert went on to say that Vilma’s value reaches more than just what he does on the field of play.
"Jonathan Vilma is the quarterback of our defense. He has the trust of the coaches and the players and he is like a player/coach on and off the field."
The Saints will have to find a back-up quarterback, as Chase Daniel has agreed to become a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.
“It’s a better opportunity for Chase in KC," Bobby said. "He will probably be able to compete for the starting job along with Alex Smith. And he will make more money with the Chiefs."
New Orleans also released linebacker Will Herring. Herring was signed by the Saints in 2011 and he spent two seasons with the team. In other news Saints starting Left Tackle Jermon Bushrod is currently being pursued by the Chicago Bears.
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