There are several players who I think have played their last games in a Saints uniform.
Middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma will need to prove he can still play with the elite linebackers in the league, he’s still under contract although his $5.6 million dollar salary may be more than the Saints want to pay.
Bottom line is the Saints need to get younger at the linebacker position now, as their tackling was atrocious last year.
Scott Shanle needs to be be released to make room for second year linebacker Martez Wilson, who played sparingly last year but stepped up and deserves a bigger role in Spagnuolo’s defense.
Not to mention Jonathan Casillas, who’s still under contract also, which former defensive coordinator Greg Williams said was the best blitzing linebacker on the team.
But over time he has had some durability issues, however new Spagnuolo should find a way to make him a bigger part of what they will be doing on defense in 2012.
Casillas has the potential to have a monster year.
The cornerback position with Greer and Porter has been up and down since the 2009 – 2010 season, while Greer has played pretty steady, Porter has been an inconsistent tackler but decent cover man.
If the Saints are unable to resign Porter, second year corner back Patrick Robinson has progressed enough and should have no problem stepping into the starting line-up.