I think they're waiting on Harper to see what they can get in FA or the draft. If they need the money in FA for his replacement or another position, they'll cut him. If not, they'll go into the draft with him and, if they have a SS they like available, draft him and then cut Harper. If not, they can roll with him for one more season
Yeah, it looks like whether they straight release Smith and Vilma, or those guys take the pay cuts, that will be more than enough to make a splash in free agency. Still think they could look for Harper to restructure, but I think they can wait until next year to ask for Brees to restructure.