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Saints News 2/18/13: Saints Ask Vilma & Will Smith to Restructure Contracts

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> coach Sean Payton, Joe Montana visit <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Tulane">#Tulane</a> spring practice | <a href="http://t.co/iRAYZehd" title="http://NOLA.com">NOLA.com</a> <a href="http://t.co/aLNQFlCz" title="http://www.nola.com/tulane/index.ssf/2013/02/sean_payton_joe_montana_visit.html">nola.com/tulane/index.s…</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@TripTP) <a href="https://twitter.com/TripTP/status/303599652169736192">February 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Mayock on LSU DE Barkevious Mingo, whom some like for <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Browns">#Browns</a>: "A developmental 3-4 OLB in 25-40 (draft pick) range.''</p>&mdash; Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) <a href="https://twitter.com/MaryKayCabot/status/303602497220657155">February 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>When will car designs go back to the 3rd row facing backwards?<a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23GoodOldDays">#GoodOldDays</a></p>&mdash; Jedidiah Collins (@JedCollins45) <a href="https://twitter.com/JedCollins45/status/303601809220571136">February 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Alabama RB Eddie Lacy will not work out at combine after suffering small tear in some tissue around his hamstring while training last week.</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/303589787951050754">February 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>After injuring his hamstring last week, Alabama RB Eddie Lacy now hopes to perform all drills at Alabama's Pro Day on March 13. No combine.</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/303590072773644288">February 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Just finished another day of great work</p>&mdash; Chris Ivory (@ivory_29) <a href="https://twitter.com/ivory_29/status/303583890398920704">February 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Vision ignites the fire of passion that fuels our commitment to do whatever it takes to achieve excellence.</p>&mdash; Chris Ivory (@ivory_29) <a href="https://twitter.com/ivory_29/status/303582827843293184">February 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Saints have asked end Will Smith to take a big reduction in salary for 2013, as expected. Vilma could end up in same boat with cap issues</p>&mdash; Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/status/303580580854001665">February 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Mayock says he thinks there are some very good nose tackle or "5 technique" players available. Good news for a team switching to 3-4 D.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/303571168324116481">February 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Mayock says he has 6 OTs w/ 1st round grades, 6 DTs with 1st round grades and 1 CB with 1st round grade.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/303571775030177793">February 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Mayock says he has Mingo going late in the 1st rd. Also big on Dion Jordan as a "phenomenal" outside 3-4 LB. Several have Saints w/ Jordan</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/303572237632544769">February 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Mayock says this is one of the best safety classes he has seen.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/303569744286597121">February 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>In other words, the Saints could have an option there in my eyes. I still think it's a LB, DE focus for first round.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/303569885533974528">February 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>WWE Chairman/CEO Vince McMahon on WrestleMania 30 being held at @<a href="https://twitter.com/mbsuperdome">mbsuperdome</a> "Let the good times roll!" <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23NOLA">#NOLA</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/303556839738572801">February 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Work won't do itself. Gotta get it this wk everybody.</p>&mdash; Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) <a href="https://twitter.com/LanceMoore16/status/303550165384564736">February 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Thank you @<a href="https://twitter.com/wweuniverse">wweuniverse</a> for the seating! Boys new video game seats.... <a href="http://t.co/60J6bB9F" title="http://twitter.com/scottshanle/status/303544552705388545/photo/1">twitter.com/scottshanle/st…</a></p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/status/303544552705388545">February 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Many are asking why Vilma, Smith weren't just cut. Both still have guaranteed $$ connected to them. Why not see if they would play for less</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/303522124860100608">February 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Obviously it's no surprise the <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> have asked Vilma and Smith to restructure. I'm sure neither player was surprised by it.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/303516052116099072">February 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Today is first day NFL teams can use their franchise tag. Last year an all-time high 21 teams did, breaking mark of 14 in 2009 and 2011.</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/303464715064053762">February 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Had a great 6 weeks off now back atit.. Gonna be a little sore the next couple of weeks .. P90X is intense <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23WhoDatNation">#WhoDatNation</a></p>&mdash; Garrett Hartley (@GHartley5) <a href="https://twitter.com/GHartley5/status/303615401215008768">February 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

Restructuring of Brees’ contract now could create major headaches later | ProFootballTalk
As the Saints try to squeeze key veteran players in the hopes of creating cap space, it seems inevitable that they'll do some money shuffling with quarterback Drew Brees.

Sean Payton, Joe Montana visit Tulane's spring practice | NOLA.com
Nick Montana is competing to be team's starting QB

Jonathan Vilma Should Allow New Orleans Saints to Restructure His Contract

PFT Live: Does Vilma, Smith fit with Saints’ future? | ProFootballTalk
Larry Holder of The Times-Picayune joins PFT Live to discuss all things New Orleans Saints. The Saints have stated they want to keep Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith, but do they fit in Rob Ryan's 3-4 defense? Is the franchise tag a possibility for LT Jermon Bushrod? ...

Should the New Orleans Saints use the franchise tag this offseason? | NOLA.com
Saints question of the day

Report: Saints want Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith to restructure contracts | ProFootballTalk
Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive end Will Smith didn't cooperate with the league's bounty investigation last offseason, but they did restructure their contracts to help the Saints out on the salary cap front. We'll find out soon if they're willing to do it again.

New Orleans Saints ask LB Jonathan Vilma, DE Will Smith to restructure their contracts, report says | NOLA.com
Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma hold high 2013 salary cap figures

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NFL Combine & the 2013 Draft

NFL Scouting Combine's evolution raises questions about future - NFL.com
As the NFL Scouting Combine continues to grow, Albert Breer says a key challenge will be balancing the needs of scouts with the interest of fans eager to get an early look at stars-to-be like Russell Wilson.

Report: Former Georgia LB Alec Ogletree charged with DUI - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Former Georgia linebacker and potential first-round NFL Draft pick Alec Ogletree was arrested and charged with DUI last week, according to ProFootballTalk.com. Report: Former Georgia LB Alec Ogletree charged with DUI

Report: NFL will introduce new aptitude test at Combine - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
NFL will introduce a new aptitude test at this years Scouting Combine, according to NFL.com. Report: NFL will introduce new aptitude test at Combine

Schrager previews the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Schrager previews the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine

Manti Te'o, Alec Ogletree have most at stake at 2013 NFL Scouting Combine - NFL - Peter King - SI.com
So we're at the official beginning of draft season, with the annual Scouting Combine starting later this week in Indianapolis. Here's what we know as the 333 college prospects pack for the Heartland:

Te’o, quarterbacks, Ogletree among those who need near-perfect combine performances | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
From the blog Shutdown Corner: The scouting combine is a big deal for a lot of people, but there's always a certain group of players who need it the most. Some draft prospects come through the entire process as locks to go high, but We … Continue reading →

First-round draft trades could be less plentiful this year | ProFootballTalk
"If you’re a playoff team this year, you have to be laughing," preeminent NFL draft guru Mike Mayock tells Peter King of SI.com. "First, I don’t see much difference between the fifth and 25th picks this year. And I don’t really see the immediate difference-makers in the top 10."

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Lagniappe

Nate Burleson wants Reggie Bush in Detroit | ProFootballTalk
Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson did more than just support coach Jim Schwartz during his appearance on the NFL Network Monday. Burleson also did some recruiting ahead of the start of free agency.

Colts won't bring back Dwight Freeney and cut Austin Collie - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Colts wont bring back Dwight Freeney and cut Austin Collie Colts wont bring back Dwight Freeney and cut Austin Collie