Since Vilma is suspended effective immediately his salary that was due to him for this upcoming season will return back to the Saints salary cap.
Vilma was due to make a base salary of $3.3 million dollars this season after his contract restructure. He was also due a $600,000 roster bonus as well as a $100,000 workout bonus, which may also be forfeit.
The money that is returned back into the salary cap will help out with the issues that are ongoing with trying to seal a contract extension with quarterback Drew Brees. Not saying it will happen right away, but it can’t hurt.
Likewise with the salary cap, the Saints aren’t done with free agency yet. It wouldn’t hurt the Saints right now to find another veteran defensive end or good backup cornerback which are both in short supply right now on the market.
Although the Saints may have “bodies” to fill the roles right now, it wouldn’t be inconceivable to see them at least take a look. Fans are salivating and sending chain letters out for the Saints to trade for disgruntled New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora.