The popular thought is that the Saints will ask some of their veterans like Vilma and defensive end Will Smith to restructure their contracts and if they don’t they’ll be released.
Quarterback Drew Brees has stated that he will work his upcoming contract to help retain as many players as the Saints can. This is no doubt in order to help keep free agent players like guard Carl Nicks and wide receiver Marques Colston.
The fat is going to get trimmed one way or another within the roster and money will be made available in small offerings, a job general manager Mickey Loomis is quite good at.
The defense will be getting an overhaul thanks to Spagnuolo which will also probably help bring in more prospective free agents.
Spagnuolo’s defensive scheme matched with a blazing Brees lead offense will entice free agents that know their time is coming short and want to end their career on a good mark. For the Saints, it’ll just be a matter of the right price.