Roughly one month ago, Vaccaro was hit with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s drug policy by taking Adderall. Conveniently, he is dropping the fight with four games to go in the 2016 season at a time when it seems improbably that the Saints will land a playoff berth.
Now at 5-7, the Saints would have to run the table to have any mathematical chance of qualifying. Even then, they’d have to surpass the 7-5 Falcons and Buccaneers to win the division or leapfrog a host of teams to get an NFC Wild Card spot. The Saints aren’t out, but they are certainly down, and they would rather be without Vaccaro now than have him miss the start of the 2017 season.
According to the advanced numbers, Vaccaro’s play is roughly in line with what he provided in 2015. The Saints have Vaccaro under contract through 2017 after exercising his fifth-year option.
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