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Posted Sept. 11, 2012 @ 1:46 p.m. ET
By PFW staff

Updated 1:46 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 11

Saints LB Jonathan Vilma is willing to meet with commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss the bounty allegations against him, ESPN’s Ed Werder reported.

Vilma’s lawyer, Peter Ginsberg, told Werder, “If the commissioner feels sitting down with Jonathan and discussing matters will lead to a quick and fair resolution, Jonathan has been and continues to be willing to cooperate in any way that helps the truth come out.”

Goodell originally suspended Vilma for the entire year for his alleged role in the Saints’ bounty program from 2009-11. Vilma reportedly walked out of the original appeals hearing and had filed a defamation suit against Goodell.

Last week, an appeals panel vacated the Saints’ players suspensions. Goodell is to “expeditiously” re-determine the suspensions.

“We hope that now as we regroup that we are provided a fair and appropriate avenue to a just resolution,” Ginsberg said.

Ginsberg will formally reach out to Goodell on Tuesday on Vilma's willingness to meet, ESPN reported. 

The NFL released the following statement, per NFL Network's Albert Breer: "Each player suspended in the Saints bounty matter has declined multiple opportunities to meet with league representatives to present information. We have reminded each of those players that we remain willing to meet with them prior to the commissioner making the determination called for by the CBA Appeals Panel. We intend to conduct any such meetings that are scheduled per our normal process under the CBA."

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