Vaccaro (groin) said Wednesday that he's been completely healthy for the past three weeks, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Even though Vaccaro, who will hit free agency March 14, has stated that he hopes to remain with New Orleans next season, the team isn't planning on re-signing the 2013 first-round pick, per Katzenstein. The fact that he's back to full strength after finishing 2017 on injured reserve due to a core-muscle injury -- which Vaccaro said involved a complete tear of his adductor muscle -- should help make the 27-year-old one of the more coveted defenders on the open market. Across five NFL campaigns, Vaccaro has racked up 375 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 30 pass breakups and eight interceptions while playing in 68 of a possible 80 regular-season games.
Vaccaro (groin) finished the season with 60 tackles (48 solo), 1.5 sacks and a career-high three interceptions in just games. He also scored the first touchdown of his NFL career on an end-zone fumble recovery in Week 6.
Vaccaro was benched in the second half of the Saints' Week 2 game against the Patriots for poor play, but the fifth-year pro responded by notching three interceptions over the course of his next four games. Unfortunately, injuries once again derailed a promising season. Vaccaro missed both Weeks 10 and 11 with a groin injury. The strong safety attempted to play through the injury for four weeks thereafter, but largely struggled during that span before being placed on injured reserve and undergoing core-muscle surgery. It will be interesting to see what happens this offseason with Vaccaro, who will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career. The 2013 first-round pick has flashed Pro Bowl-caliber potential but he has also battled health issues and inconsistency throughout his career. At only 26 years old, Vaccaro could draw some big interest on the open market and the Saints may not want to get into a bidding war after drafting safeties Marcus Williams and Vonn Bell over the past two years. Wherever Vaccaro ends up, he will likely continue to be an IDP asset as long as health prevails.
Vaccaro underwent core-muscle surgery Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Vaccaro was able to tough out a groin injury for four games, but the pain evidently became too much to bear last week, when he was placed on injured reserve. Rapoport called the injury "severe" and similar to that of teammate and fellow IR resident A.J. Klein. With Vaccaro poised to become an unrestricted free agent in March, it'll be interesting to see if the Saints open the coffers for a player that's averaged 5.7 tackles per game while recording eight interceptions, 7.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in five seasons as a professional.
Vaccaro (groin/wrist) will be placed on injured reserve this week, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Vaccaro has played in each of the Saints' last four contests since sitting out Weeks 10 and 11 with the groin issue. Despite handling fairly sizable workloads in all of those contests, however, Vaccaro was never completely healthy, as Rapoport notes that the safety's adductor muscle had completely torn off the bone. He'll require surgery to address that matter, and another procedure to fix his wrist. That should put Vaccaro in good health as he becomes a free agent for the first time this offseason, but his absence for the rest of the regular season and playoffs represents a huge loss for the Saints' secondary. Vonn Bell looks like the leading candidate to replace Vaccaro in the starting lineup.
Vaccaro is dealing with both groin and wrist injuries heading into Week 16, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Vaccaro did not make the Saints' injury report Wednesday, but per Rapoport, his status for a pivotal Week 16 matchup versus the Falcons is now in jeopardy. Should he sit out or end up limited, Rafael Bush or Vonn Bell are waiting in the wings to see extra snaps in the secondary.
|2013||New Orleans Saints||14||79||62.0||17||1||1||29||29.0||29||0||8|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||15||74||51.0||23||1||2||45||22.5||45||0||5|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||16||104||71.0||33||3||0||0||0.0||0||0||5|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||11||68||51.0||17||1||2||30||15.0||30||0||5|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||12||60||48.0||12||1.5||3||41||13.7||30||0||7|
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|2014||New Orleans Saints||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||16||0||0||1||0||1||8||1||0|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||11||0||0||2||0||1||0||1||0|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||12||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||1|