Current contract: $993,000
Projected free agency contract: $4.5 million
Compensatory Draft pick: 6th round pick
Current Replacement: C.J. Gardner-Johnson
Vonn Bell garnished a lot of attention since the signing of his rookie contract. Bell is currently in his $993,000 rookie contract, and now he is going to demand a contract worthy of the talent he has produced over the last couple of years.
Now, I doubt you find a New Orleans Saints fan out there that wants Vonn Bell to leave. However, if the Saints chose not to pay him, C.J. Gardner-Johnson proved more than capable of handling that safety position in his absence.
Also, there is also a decision on whether the Saints want to pay Vonn Bell this year and let Marcus Williams go next year or vice versa or pay them both huge contracts. Williams will demand a higher payday then Bell will.
In my opinion, you let Bell walk, let CGJ take over his starting role and then pay Marcus Williams the $10+ million he deserves. Williams proved over the last three years to have a better skillset than Bell does.