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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

Bounty testimony from Williams leaked

Posted Dec. 12, 2012 @ 6:18 p.m. ET
Gregg Williams testified that he tried to shut down the team's bounty system when the NFL began investigating but was overruled by Joe Vitt.

Tagliabue vacates player discipline in bounty case

Posted Dec. 11, 2012 @ 3:13 p.m. ET
Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue vacated all player discipline involving the Saints’ bounty case.

Tagliabue's bounty decision expected Tuesday

Posted Dec. 10, 2012 @ 9:09 p.m. ET
Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue is expected to rule Tuesday on player appeals in the NFL's bounty investigation of the Saints.

NFC South Spin cycle: Disturbing start to December for Falcons

Posted Dec. 10, 2012 @ 4:09 p.m. ET
The Falcons, Saints and Buccaneers each took a big step backward Sunday, but the Panthers earned their best win of the Ron Rivera-era.

Wilson's big game helps Giants defeat Saints

Posted Dec. 09, 2012 @ 8:18 p.m. ET
Rookie David Wilson piled up 327 all-purpose yards and three touchdownsto lead the Giants to s 52-27 win over the Saints on Sunday.

Reports: Players reject bounty settlement

Posted Dec. 09, 2012 @ 12:16 p.m. ET
The players involved in the Saints’ bounty case rejected a settlement offer, according to multiple reports.

Saints RB Ivory ruled out for Sunday

Posted Dec. 08, 2012 @ 2:53 p.m. ET
The Saints announced Saturday that RB Chris Ivory is now considered doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Giants.

Saints pleased with maturing DE Jordan

Posted Dec. 07, 2012 @ 3:33 p.m. ET
One of the bright spots for the Saints’ 32nd-ranked defense has been the development of DE Cameron Jordan in his second season.

Scout's Notebook: Saints SLB David Hawthorne

Posted Dec. 06, 2012 @ 4:44 p.m. ET
PFW personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki sees Saints SLB David Hawthorne underperforming at a poorly fit position.

NFC South Spin cycle: Falcons cross one hurdle

Posted Dec. 03, 2012 @ 3:15 p.m. ET
The NFC South-champion Falcons dealt the rival Saints a blow in Week 13, and the Panthers and Bucs both came up short out West.

Sheen is wearing off on Saints' offensive line

Posted Nov. 30, 2012 @ 3:10 p.m. ET
The Saints' offensive line has taken a step back in the past game and a half, and it could be a sign of things to come for the unit.

Friday's 60-second rant: Payton's absence glaring in key moments

Posted Nov. 30, 2012 @ 2:33 p.m. ET
The post-bounty Saints simply lost their edge in the absence of Sean Payton, as Thursday night's loss perfectly depicted.

Falcons pick off Brees five times, beat Saints

Posted Nov. 29, 2012 @ 11:57 p.m. ET
The Falcons raced to a 17-0 lead and the defense made it stand up, picking off five of Drew Brees' passes in a 23-13 victory over the Saints.

Falcons need to find selves against rival Saints

Posted Nov. 28, 2012 @ 2:40 p.m. ET
If Falcons are to earn the national recognition they crave, they'll have to take down their biggest rival — the Saints — on Thursday night.

Saints players to attend hearing with Williams

Posted Nov. 27, 2012 @ 9:38 p.m. ET
Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma plan to be present Friday when their lawyers are scheduled to cross examine former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

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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