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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

NFC South free-agent preview

Posted March 01, 2011 @ 2:09 p.m. ET
With the owners and players mired in negotiations, the beginning of free agency is almost certain to be delayed. Yet, PFW is examining the free-agent picture for each club, here featuring the NFC South.

Saints OG Nicks expected to receive highest tender

Posted Feb. 25, 2011 @ 9:46 p.m. ET
We hear it's likely that the Saints will tender OLG Carl Nicks at the highest level this offseason.

Saints cut TE Shockey

Posted Feb. 22, 2011 @ 4:58 p.m. ET
The Saints terminated the contract of TE Jeremy Shockey after three seasons with the team.

Draft Dose: Who needs a running back?

Posted Feb. 18, 2011 @ 11:02 a.m. ET
Which NFL teams could be in the market for a running back come draft time?

NFC South 2010 season-in-review team reports

Posted Feb. 11, 2011 @ 9:26 a.m. ET
Josh Freeman had a 25-6 TD-INT ratio in leading the Buccaneers to a 10-6 record following a 3-13 mark in 2009. We review the NFC South teams.

Super Bowl still looking for first 'true' home team

Posted Feb. 09, 2011 @ 4:31 p.m. ET
Next season's champion will be crowned at Lucas Oil Stadium, and history tells us that the Colts will not be part of Super Bowl XLVI.

Saints’ Payton under scrutiny for buying home in Dallas

Posted Feb. 08, 2011 @ 5:03 p.m. ET
Saints head coach Sean Payton is catching heat, including from Saints fans, for buying a home in Dallas, where Payton has ties from his time as an assistant on the Cowboys' staff.

Payton moving family to Dallas

Posted Feb. 08, 2011 @ 2:48 p.m. ET
Sean Payton will be leaving his home in New Orleans, moving to Dallas and commuting to work daily via private plane.

Court sides with NFL in StarCaps case

Posted Feb. 08, 2011 @ 12:04 p.m. ET
A court ruling in Minnesota might mean suspensions could be on the way for three NFL players.

Eagles, Saints put end to rumors

Posted Feb. 07, 2011 @ 10:48 a.m. ET
The Eagles and Saints both had to deny Internet rumors about their coaching staffs following Super Bowl XLV.

Broncos hire Saints' Allen as D-coordinator

Posted Jan. 25, 2011 @ 2:06 a.m. ET
New Broncos head coach John Fox hired Saints secondary coach Dennis Allen as the team's new defensive coordinator on Monday.

Brees played with MCL sprain in playoffs

Posted Jan. 24, 2011 @ 10:03 p.m. ET
Saints QB Drew Brees played with a low-grade sprain of an MCL ligament during the team's wild-card loss at Seattle, head coach Sean Payton said Monday, but he declined to compare the injury to Jay Cutler's.

Fitzgerald among four named to Pro Bowl

Posted Jan. 23, 2011 @ 11:29 p.m. ET
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald, Chiefs FS Eric Berry, Chiefs LB Tamba Hali and Saints SS Roman Harper were all named to the Pro Bowl on Sunday.

Saints assistant Allen to interview with Eagles

Posted Jan. 23, 2011 @ 12:40 p.m. ET
Saints secondary coach Dennis Allen will interview for the Eagles' vacant defensive coordinator position on Sunday, according to multiple reports.

Pass-rush help one of Saints’ top needs

Posted Jan. 21, 2011 @ 11:55 a.m. ET
Team observers are largely in agreement that finding pass-rush help — most likely at defensive end — is sure to be a priority for the Saints after starting DEs Will Smith and Alex Brown made only 7½ sacks combined last season.

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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