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Saints cut Greer, Harper, Smith and part ways with Vilma

Sweeping change hit the Saints roster Wednesday. But, those changes get the Saints under the salary cap.

The club announced that it cut defensive backs Jabari Greer and Roman Harper, outside linebacker Will Smith, and will not re-sign unrestricted free agent Jonathan Vilma. All four were starters for the Saints in Super Bowl 44.

Smith alone was due 11 million plus in salary and bonuses in 2014.

Vilma played one game in 2013 before being placed on injured reserve with a knee injury. Harper was part of Sean Payton’s original draft class in 2006.

Greer suffered a season ending knee injury against San Francisco. Smith spent the entire 2013 season on injured reserve.

General manager Mickey Loomis thanked each for their contribution to the Saints. “Each of them were an integral part of turning around this program and winning a Super Bowl,” said Loomis.