According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the New Orleans Saints may end up having to release offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod in order to get under the new salary cap. They’ll also likely not be able to re-sign defensive end Will Smith and linebacker Jonathan Vilma will also likely be gone.
The Saints, who spent massively in 2012 to re-sign Drew Brees and add players like guard Ben Grubbs, are about $23 million over the cap, and that could cost them starting tackle Jermon Bushrod and other free agents as well. Retaining end Will Smith, at over $10 million, is impossible, while Jonathan Vilma ($4.8 million) is another fairly obvious departure with the need to create space. The cap crunch could put the Saints in a bind trying to extend young tight end Jimmy Graham, who has vastly out-played his contract, and filling needs at pass rusher and in the secondary may have to come from within given their plight.
Like the majority of NFL teams, the Saints will be forced to cut some big-name players in order to get under the new cap.