Today is the Fourth of July. It is the day the United States of America formally celebrates its freedom from the rule of England and thus all other countries. It is often known as Independence Day.
Why am I bringing that up in a column about Jonathan Vilma and Curtis Lofton?
Well, Jonathan Vilma has no freedom at this point.
Tuesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell rejected the appeals of the players suspended for their roles in "Bountygate." Vilma is suspended for the entire 2012 NFL season.
It was probably the most underrated free-agent signing of the NFL offseason.
Lofton will step in and play the middle-linebacker spot in Steve Spagnuolo's defense in place of Vilma during the the upcoming 2012 season.
While the Saints may lose a little bit of attitude in the interior of their defense, Lofton makes up for it with plenty of skill and experience.
His presence on this defense will make the Saints better during the 2012 NFL season.