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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

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Report: Saints' coaches side with ownership

Posted May 27, 2011 @ 9:46 p.m. ET
The NFL Coaches Association, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief in federal court this week in support of players in their labor battle with NFL owners, does not represent any of New Orleans' coaches, Saints LB coach Joe Vitt told The ...

Crucial season ahead for Saints WR Meachem

Posted May 27, 2011 @ 3:43 p.m. ET
Saints WR Robert Meachem has a lot to gain heading into his fifth year.

Saints sell out Superdome again

Posted May 22, 2011 @ 12:22 p.m. ET
Despite the possibility of a shortened or canceled 2011 season, football optimism hasn't dimmed a bit in New Orleans.

Saints are Bush's 'first choice'

Posted May 14, 2011 @ 3:54 p.m. ET
Reggie Bush addressed his future when he spoke with reporters at his youth football camp at Tulane University on Saturday, but his status with the Saints remains uncertain.

Report: Saints WR Colston underwent offseason knee surgery

Posted May 13, 2011 @ 10:07 a.m. ET
Saints WR Marques Colston underwent microfracture surgery this offseason to repair cartilage in his right knee, according to The New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Readers: Lions had best draft among NFC teams

Posted May 05, 2011 @ 1:55 p.m. ET
Respondents to a PFW poll question asking which NFC team did the best in the 2011 NFL draft decidedly picked the Lions.

Toronto to push for NFL team

Posted May 05, 2011 @ 9:34 a.m. ET
Toronto Councillor Doug Ford told TheScore.com that Toronto will push to bring an NFL franchise to town after the league puts a team back in Los Angeles.

Bush may be unwilling to play at Saints' price

Posted May 01, 2011 @ 3:52 p.m. ET
While the Saints would like to keep him, Reggie Bush might get a chance to move on.

Which team did best in the first three rounds?

Posted April 29, 2011 @ 11:25 p.m. ET
With the first three rounds of the NFL draft in the books, PFW editors make their pick for which team, including the Saints, that has had the best draft thus far.

Fantasy outlook: Mark Ingram

Posted April 29, 2011 @ 2:01 p.m. ET
The top-rated back in this year's draft, Mark Ingram, has the potential to be a workhorse in the NFL, but he may not carry a full load in New Orleans, where head coach Sean Payton will be divvying up ...

Saints have flexibility at RB spot after drafting Ingram

Posted April 29, 2011 @ 12:31 a.m. ET
The Saints drafted Mark Ingram with the 28th pick and might have shaken up their backfield in the process — at least that's what RB Reggie Bush seems to think.

Saints a smooth landing spot for DE Jordan

Posted April 28, 2011 @ 11:55 p.m. ET
It had to be a bit of a surprise that DE Cameron Jordan was available when the Saints picked at No. 24, but GM Mickey Loomis and head coach Sean Payton were not about to let him keep falling.

Saints trade back into first round for RB Ingram

Posted April 28, 2011 @ 11:21 p.m. ET
The Saints re-entered the first round of the NFL draft at No. 28, trading with the Patriots to acquire Alabama RB Mark Ingram.

Patriots trade 28th pick to Saints

Posted April 28, 2011 @ 11:12 p.m. ET
To no one's surprise, the Patriots traded their second first-round pick, the 28th overall selection, to the Saints for New Orleans' second-round pick this year (pick No. 56) and a first-round pick in 2012.

Draft Dose: Who needs an outside linebacker?

Posted April 22, 2011 @ 12:52 p.m. ET
In the 30th installment of the Draft Dose series, PFW takes a look at 10 teams in need of an outside linebacker like Texas A&M's Von Miller.

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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