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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-Packers set to kick off 2011 season

Posted April 19, 2011 @ 7:44 p.m. ET
The 2011 NFL schedule has been released, and there are plenty of intriguing matchups among the 256 games that kick off on Thursday, Sept. 8 with a meeting of the last two Super Bowl champions.

Shanle's future could be impacted by Saints' draft

Posted April 10, 2011 @ 3:32 p.m. ET
The Saints' decisions on draft weekend could have a major impact on OLB Scott Shanle's status.

Draft countdown: Pick No. 24

Posted April 04, 2011 @ 9:19 a.m. ET
PFW looks back at the last 10 players chosen with the 24th pick in the NFL draft, including Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, the MVP of Super Bowl XLV.

Saints’ Colston in line for new long-term deal

Posted March 24, 2011 @ 4:14 p.m. ET
WR Marques Colston, the Saints' leader in receiving yards in four of his five NFL seasons, is heading into his contract year.

NFC team needs

Posted March 21, 2011 @ 6:43 p.m. ET
The Vikings are looking for a successor to QB Brett Favre, as PFW identifies the top three draft needs of each NFC team.

Saints add to coaching staff

Posted March 14, 2011 @ 7:10 p.m. ET
The Saints announced a trio of coaching moves on Monday afternoon which will bring a change in leadership to the defensive backfield and special teams.

Owners, teams react to lockout

Posted March 12, 2011 @ 6:59 p.m. ET
Teams and owners released statements or spoke to media members on Saturday, reacting to the NFL's first work stoppage since 1987 and what it means for fans.

Saints' statement on NFL lockout

Posted March 12, 2011 @ 12:43 p.m. ET
The Saints released a statement on the lockout, saying they will keep their fans fully informed throughout the process.

Saints assistant sentenced in mail fraud case

Posted March 11, 2011 @ 12:52 p.m. ET
Saints assistant coach Travis Jones was sentenced to three years probation, 100 hours of community service and ordered to pay $1.15 million in restitution for his role in a real estate scam.

Contract talks between Saints, Bush on hold

Posted March 11, 2011 @ 10:14 a.m. ET
The Saints and Reggie Bush's representatives will open talks about his contract situation in earnest when a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is in place, we hear.

Saints give Thomas four-year deal

Posted March 03, 2011 @ 3:59 p.m. ET
The Saints announce they have signed RB Pierre Thomas to a four-year deal.

Shockey to sign with Panthers

Posted March 03, 2011 @ 2:37 p.m. ET
Veteran TE Jeremy Shockey will sign with the Panthers, he announced on his Twitter account Thursday.

Hartley agrees to five-year deal with Saints

Posted March 03, 2011 @ 10:46 a.m. ET
PK Garrett Hartley, who kicked the Saints to the Super Bowl two seasons ago, has signed a five-year extension with the team.

Saints add veteran DT Rogers

Posted March 01, 2011 @ 10:52 p.m. ET
Veteran DT Shaun Rogers has signed with the Saints, the team announced via Twitter Tuesday evening.

Saints tender 10, including OLT Bushrod, WR Moore

Posted March 01, 2011 @ 6:47 p.m. ET
The Saints tendered 10 players late Tuesday, including OLT Jermon Bushrod and WR Lance Moore.

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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