NFL: Why New Orleans Saints Will Experience Redemption in 2012 NFL Season

Andres BoteroCorrespondent IJune 7, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 23:  Jonathan Vilma #51 of the New Orleans Saints calls a defensive play during a game against the Indianapolis Colts being held at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 23, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints defeated the Colts 62-7. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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The New Orleans Saints are in the fallout of Bountygate. Sean Payton, Jonathan Vilma and others are gone for now. However, that doesn't mean the Saints' upcoming season will be a lackluster waste. 

According to, Vilma's appeal as well as those of three other suspended players will occur on June 18th.

In order for the Saints to turn the corner and put Bountygate in their rear view, they need to either ignore Vilma and his legal process or have him settle it quietly.

What's done is done and there seems to be no chance of Roger Goodell reversing his initial punishment of these players.

So much evidence has been released such as audio tapes, anecdotes and the ledger that it seems insane for the players to fight against his decisions.

By drawing out the entire situation, Vilma and the other players are not allowing the franchise to move past the stigma of these recent events.

Some can argue that Goodell's punishments seem extreme and that's valid. But in order to move past Bountygate, they need to comply with the commissioner because he will keep them on a short leash for the foreseeable future.

The best thing the Saints can do to get back at Goodell is comply with his decision. Not only that, they need to win.

In order to win, they need Drew Brees, New Orleans' adopted son.

As OTA's are underway in Louisiana, Benson and the Saints' head office have yet to sign him.

Reports from Pro Football Talk claim that even though both sides are in disagreement, the gap between both sides is smaller than reported.

In the end, the Saints and Brees will agree over a contract very soon that satisfies both parties.

The Saints' organization isn't willing or ready to let Brees walk away from New Orleans.

Ever since his signing in 2005, Brees has helped New Orleans recover. Like the city, the Saints rebuilt themselves and went from lovable losers to one of the elite teams in the NFL.

Brees led them to a Super Bowl victory in 2009, the franchise's first. He owns almost, if not all, the passing records in the franchise as well as the NFL single-season passing record with 5,476 yards.

Drew Brees under center is the equivalent of 10 wins a season. Like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, he is the kind of elite level athlete that can singlehandedly turn around a franchise.

The Saints' front office hasn't forgotten that. They are smart enough to realize that and smarter enough to know that he deserves whatever amount of money he asks for.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints warms up before his team takes on the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon
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Once they sign him, Brees will assume his role as leader and help the Saints and the city of New Orleans forget Bountygate.

Making the playoffs will be the best remedy for this situation.

In order to make the playoffs, the Saints needed to upgrade their team. They let go of veterans Tracy Porter and Robert Meachem while retaining Marques Colston and signing Curtis Lofton.

Bleacher Report columnist Will Osgood noticed that the Saints were changing the makeup of the team. New Orleans is shifting towards a mixture of younger, unproven players and a small core of veterans.

With the absence of proven players Porter and Meachem, up and comers such as Patrick Robinson, Johnny Patrick, Adrian Arrington and Nick Toon will try to do as good a job as their predecessors.

Ideally, this combination will lead to the Saints winning the NFC South and heading into the playoffs.

The emphasis on youth is a great idea; none of these players have any relation to Bountygate and as soon as they start winning, the focus will shift from the Saints' negative past to their bright, promising future.