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Kenny Vaccaro | Defensive Back | #32

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/15/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 214
College: Texas
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (15) / NO
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Walk-year S Kenny Vaccaro said he would like "to get a deal done" with the Saints.
"I think they’re going to wait until after all the offseason stuff," Vaccaro said of a timeline for discussions. "Once (OTAs) get going I’ll be here." The New Orleans Advocate reported the Saints will likely wait until the summer to seriously open contract talks. Vaccaro was suspended for the final four games of 2016 and has not quite been the impact player his draft pedigree would suggest, but he is an above-average safety who the Saints should work diligently to extend. Apr 10 - 6:56 PM

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The New Orleans Advocate reports the Saints are unlikely to begin long-term talks with S Kenny Vaccaro before "later this summer."

In other words, the Saints want to sort out free agency before focusing on Vaccaro. Vaccaro served a four-game PED ban last season, and has never quite lived up to the promise of being the No. 15 overall pick of the 2013 draft. He has not been a bust, however.
Mar 2 - 3:55 PM

The Saints are expected to begin long-term contract discussions with SS Kenny Vaccaro this offseason.

Vaccaro is due $5.676 million in the final year of his rookie deal. Though he served a four-game suspension to close out last season, Vaccaro had another strong year. He's long been good against the run and matched his career high with two picks and forced a pair of fumbles. Vaccaro just turned 26 and could be looking at two more bites at the big-contract apple.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 17 - 9:24 AM

Saints SS Kenny Vaccaro has dropped the appeal of his four-game PEDs ban and will be out for Weeks 14-17.

Vaccaro's absence improves the fantasy matchup for Cameron Brate, who will take on the Saints in both Weeks 14 and 16. Barring an unlikely playoff berth by the Saints, Vaccaro's season is over. Vaccaro was inconsistent his first three years in the league, but his level of play rose immensely as a fourth-year pro. The Saints have him under contract for one more year at $5.68 million.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 02:34:00 PM

Saints SS Kenny Vaccaro will play Thursday evening.

Vaccaro is facing a four-game PED ban, but it evidently remains in the appeals process. This will be the second game Vaccaro has played since his suspension was announced. He intercepted a pass in Sunday's loss to the Broncos.
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 04:32:00 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Saints SS Kenny Vaccaro is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

In the final stages of his appeal, Vaccaro will apparently play Sunday. Vaccaro's ban is supposedly for using Adderall, which is the excuse every time a player runs afoul of the NFL's PED rules. Neither the league nor player is under an obligation to reveal the official cause. Vaccaro has been having a strong year, serving as one of the stabler elements of the Saints' typically shaky defense. He's going to be a massive loss down the stretch of a playoff run.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 02:09:00 PM

Saints SS Kenny Vaccaro (ankle) is active for Week 4 against the Chargers.

Vaccaro sat out Monday night, but he was able to practice on a limited basis all week. With Jairus Byrd expected to be benched, rookie Vonn Bell will start opposite Vaccaro.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 02:57:00 PM

Saints S Kenny Vaccaro (ankle) is inactive for Week 3 against the Falcons.

The Saints will be without several defensive starters, including CB Delvin Breaux (leg), WLB Dannell Ellerbe (quad), CB P.J. Williams (concussion, I.R.), and DTs Tyeler Davison (shoulder, foot) and Sheldon Rankins (leg, I.R.). The Falcons' offense should have its way with this injury-riddled unit.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 07:06:00 PM

Saints SS Kenny Vaccaro (ankle, questionable) is expected to miss Monday night's game against the Falcons.

With big problems at corner, the Saints had been using a three-safety formation featuring Vaccaro, Jairus Byrd, and rookie Vonn Bell. With Vaccaro now sidelined, New Orleans is running out of options in the secondary. Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and Mohamed Sanu should dominate Monday night.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 11:44:00 AM

Saints exercised the fifth-year option of SS Kenny Vaccaro.

The move keeps Vaccaro under contract through 2017. Vaccaro struggled through an injury-riddled sophomore campaign, but he has been well-worth the $5.6 million option value his other two years in the league. If Jairus Byrd can stay healthy, the Saints have the makings of a solid safety pair. Vaccaro is the first player from the 2013 draft class to have his option picked up.
Tue, Apr 12, 2016 01:00:00 PM

The Saints will play SS Kenny Vaccaro in the box more this season.

He's also frequently aligned at slot corner during OTAs, which should increase Vaccaro's field time. With ballhawking FS Jairus Byrd on his way back, the Saints can afford to use Vaccaro closer to the line of scrimmage. Vaccaro is coming off a miserable 2014, but is a bounce-back candidate in IDP leagues.
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 02:23:00 PM

Saints SS Kenny Vaccaro says he played through a hamstring injury and "two quad tears" last season.

It sheds light on why Vaccaro was so bad — he graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 85 safety — and also points to some injury-report shenanigans from the Saints. Vaccaro was supposedly a "healthy scratch" for Week 17, but his words on Thursday heavily suggest he was at less than 100 percent. With the Saints already eliminated from playoff contention in Week 17, they had no reason to keep forcing Vaccaro out there. Injuries have become something of an issue for Vaccaro, as he fractured his ankle near the end of his strong rookie year. The Saints need Vaccaro to bounce back in the worst way this season.
Thu, May 28, 2015 05:43:00 PM

Saints S Kenny Vaccaro is a healthy scratch for Week 17.

Vaccaro wasn't on the injury report, so he's a healthy scratch for the Saints' meaningless finale. It's been quite a fall for Vaccaro after he was one of the league's best rookies in 2013. Also inactive for the Saints are WR Seantavius Jones, WR Brandon Coleman, CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, LB Moises Fokou, LB Jerry Franklin and LT Terron Armstead (neck).
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 11:44:00 AM

Speaking Thursday, Saints coach Sean Payton denied that SS Kenny Vaccaro has been benched.

Payton called Ian Rapoport's report "very inaccurate." Payton declined to specify Vaccaro's exact Week 15 role, only saying he would play "a ton." The proof, of course, will be in the pudding. The Saints don't have the depth to banish Vaccaro to a zero-snap role, but he's highly unlikely to keep the every-down role he's been failing in.
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 03:05:00 PM

The Saints have benched second-year SS Kenny Vaccaro.

It's the latest shoe to drop in New Orleans. The Saints promised changes after Carolina blew New Orleans' doors off in Week 14 at the Superdome. But Vaccaro has certainly earned the benching. He's Pro Football Focus' 84th-ranked safety out of 86 qualifiers. Vaccaro has taken nine penalties and missed 18 tackles. Last year's 15th overall pick, Vaccaro figures to be replaced by Marcus Ball.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 08:19:00 PM

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