According to SportsNola.com, linebackers Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma both aren’t locks to make the Saints final roster now that they’ve switched to a 3-34 defense under new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
New scheme, new defensive coordinator, perhaps even new roles for veteran defenders Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith. Both players agreed to take pay cuts to remain with the team, a move based on self-preservation perhaps. But it also shows that the coaches believe they still have something to offer. Time will tell. Contrary to what some observers think, neither player is a lock to make the team.
Vilma had a hard time when the Jets switched to a 3-4. That’s one of the reasons they traded him to the Saints. Smith on the other hand just isn’t the pass rusher he once was.