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Jonathan Vilma

Jonathan Vilma - #51 - LB

Status Active
Height/Weight 6' 1"/ 230 lbs.
Birthday 04/16/1982
Birthplace Coral Gables, FL
College Miami (FL)
Years played 10
Drafted 2004, 1st round, 12th pick by Jets

STATS, LLC 2012 STATS

Tack FF Int
37 0 1

Saints QB Brees: Concussion education critical

Posted June 25, 2012 @ 11:50 a.m. ET
Drew Brees has teamed up with a program that provides free concussion testing for athletes in schools and youth sports organizations.

Fujita sees bounty probe as part smear campaign

Posted June 24, 2012 @ 4:52 p.m. ET
Scott Fujita, a player and union leader who has criticized the NFL's player-safety record, sees elements of a "smear campaign" in the bounty investigation.

Saints waive DE Romeus

Posted June 22, 2012 @ 4:53 p.m. ET
The Saints waived/injured DE Greg Romeus and signed LB Donovan Robinson.

NFL denies witness retractions in bounty probe

Posted June 21, 2012 @ 9:36 p.m. ET
The NFL has denied accusations it covered up retractions made by key witnesses in its bounty investigation.

Vitt: 'I did not pledge money'

Posted June 20, 2012 @ 4:52 p.m. ET
Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt released the following statement on Wednesday in response to the NFL’s recent release of bounty evidence.

Durbin, Goodell to meet on bounties

Posted June 19, 2012 @ 5:29 p.m. ET
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) will meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday on the subjuect of bounties in football.

Hargrove refutes NFL video clip

Posted June 19, 2012 @ 4:48 p.m. ET
Anthony Hargrove denied it was his voice in a video saying, “Give me the money” in reference to Brett Favre being injured in two seasons ago.

If Saints are weakened, impact will be considerable

Posted June 19, 2012 @ 2:34 p.m. ET
Whether you're a Saints fan or not, the fallout from the bounty scandal is something to ponder, writes Mike Wilkening.

Goodell hears bounty appeals from players

Posted June 18, 2012 @ 9:33 p.m. ET
Roger Goodell has finished hearing appeals from four players in the Saints bounty case, amid complaints that the NFL didn't prove anything.

NFLPA: League ran a 'sloppy investigation'

Posted June 18, 2012 @ 3:48 p.m. ET
In a press release, NFLPA outside counsel Richard Smith detailed the union’s findings on the league’s bounty investigation.

Graham's bargain status not likely to change soon

Posted June 16, 2012 @ 2:48 p.m. ET
The Saints’ focus is on getting Drew Brees locked up long term, but Jimmy Graham is well on his way to earning a big payday.

Reports: Evidence given to players ahead of bounty appeals

Posted June 15, 2012 @ 5:03 p.m. ET
The NFL has reportedly turned over some evidence to the four players suspended for the Saints' bounty program ahead of Monday’s appeals hearing.

Saints QB Daniel, DE Romeus injured

Posted June 13, 2012 @ 2:03 p.m. ET
The Saints’ first-team QB this offseason, Chase Daniel, has suffered a hairline fracture on his thumb.

Raiders add TE Humphrey

Posted June 12, 2012 @ 12:28 p.m. ET
The Raiders signed TE Tory Humphrey, the team announced Tuesday. Humphrey spent the last three seasons with the Saints.

NFL: No Burbank jurisdiction on Hargrove discipline

Posted June 11, 2012 @ 5:02 p.m. ET
Arbitrator Stephen Burbank has said he does have jurisdiction over Packers DE Anthony Hargrove, who's appealing a suspension.

STATS, LLC PLAYER NEWS

Posted March 12, 2013
People familiar with the situation say defensive end Will Smith and Vilma has agreed to restructure his contract in order to remain with the New Orleans Saints.||||||| The 31-year-old Smith and 30-year-old Vilma, both veteran defensive captains who were implicated in the NFL's bounty probe, would have consumed about $23 million combined in salary cap space had they not agreed to new deals before the new league year - and free agency - began Tuesday afternoon.
Posted Dec. 12, 2012
Vilma has asked a federal judge to allow him to move forward with his defamation case against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.||||||| In a motion filed Wednesday, Vilma drops his case against the NFL's disciplinary process, now that his suspension has been lifted. However, he continues to pursue damages from Goodell for harm he alleges was done to his reputation by the NFL's bounty probe of the New Orleans Saints. In an NFL appeal ruling Tuesday, former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue threw out suspensions for Vilma and three other current and former Saints in connection with the bounty investigation.
Posted Nov. 27, 2012
Saints defensive end Will Smith says he and linebacker Jonathan Vilma will be present Friday when their lawyers cross examine former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in Washington, D.C. Williams appears at a bounty hearing on Friday morning, according to a schedule set by Paul Tagliabue. The former NFL commissioner has been appointed to oversee the latest round of player appeals in the matter.||||||| Smith and Vilma will leave Atlanta after Thursday night's game against the Falcons. They are among four players issued suspensions of various lengths in the league's probe of the Saints' cash-for-hits program. Smith and Vilma are playing while their appeals are pending. Williams and former Saints assistant Mike Cerullo were two of the NFL's central witnesses in the probe. Cerullo's appearance is scheduled for Thursday.
Posted Oct. 27, 2012
Vilma hopes to play a bigger role on the Saints' defense in his second game of the season Sunday against Denver. He said his knee, and his entire body, held up very well after the Tampa Bay game. He did not make a tackle but had one deflection and forced a near interception.||||||| Playing for the first time while appealing his season-long suspension for his role in the New Orleans' bounty program, Vilma played 18 snaps last Sunday against Tampa Bay. Vilma declined Friday to talk about any bounty-related topics leading into his appeals hearing Tuesday with former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who will decide whether to uphold Roger Goodell's ruling.
Posted Oct. 22, 2012
Vilma played for the first time on Sunday while appealing a season-long suspension due to his role in the Saints' bounty program, recording one quarterback hit and breaking up one pass.||||||| New Orleans still gave up a season-high 513 yards, but players said Vilma's return provided an emotional lift.

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