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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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Sharper may return to Saints

Posted Jan. 16, 2011 @ 12:18 p.m. ET
Even though he would be entering his 15th NFL season, we hear FS Darren Sharper would like to return to New Orleans next season, and the team may be receptive to his return, according to NFC South Whispers.

Saints would rather not have to replace OLT Bushrod this offseason

Posted Jan. 15, 2011 @ 10:04 p.m. ET
OLT Jermon Bushrod could become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, but we hear the Saints are not eager to get rid of him.

Seahawks show NFL parody, not parity

Posted Jan. 11, 2011 @ 1:41 p.m. ET
There is really only one thing you can say about wild-card weekend, writes Ron Borges, and you didn't have to wait until Sunday night to say it.

Window to win not shut for Saints

Posted Jan. 10, 2011 @ 3:53 p.m. ET
The Saints will have to make some difficult decisions on personnel before next season and there will probably be more roster turnover between now and next season than the Saints experienced between winning the Super Bowl and the start of ...

Saturday's games a ratings boon for NBC

Posted Jan. 09, 2011 @ 5:25 p.m. ET
Saturday's exciting wild-card games on NBC earned milestone ratings for the network.

Saints won't go all out to keep RB Thomas

Posted Jan. 08, 2011 @ 11:06 p.m. ET
Oft-injured RB Pierre Thomas will be a free agent in the offseason, and while the Saints would like to have him back, they won't get into a bidding war to retain him, according to NFC South Whispers.

Underdog Seahawks stun Saints in 41-36 win

Posted Jan. 08, 2011 @ 8:29 p.m. ET
Matt Hasselbeck threw four touchdown passes and Marshawn Lynch scored on an electrifying 67-yard run in the final minutes to lead the Seattle Seahawks to an improbable 41-36 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in the ...

Saints' Williams says he's in no hurry to leave

Posted Jan. 06, 2011 @ 11:27 p.m. ET
While he's drawing interest from at least one team with a head-coaching vacancy, Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams reiterated Thursday that he's not prepared to leave his current position for just any head-coaching job.

Hasselbeck to start for Seahawks vs. Saints

Posted Jan. 06, 2011 @ 3:18 p.m. ET
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll announced after Thursday's practice that Matt Hasselbeck will be the team's starting quarterback for their wild-card playoff game against the Saints on Saturday.

Saints place RB Thomas on I.R., sign RB Bell

Posted Jan. 05, 2011 @ 3:49 p.m. ET
The Saints have placed RB Pierre Thomas on injured reserve and signed RB Joique Bell to take his spot on the roster.

Oddsmakers make Seahawks massive underdogs

Posted Jan. 05, 2011 @ 4:15 a.m. ET
Whether the Seahawks are indeed the biggest home playoff underdog ever can't be conclusively said, though it is clear they are in the team picture.

Saints playoff primer

Posted Jan. 05, 2011 @ 2:53 a.m. ET
PFW examines the Saints as they prepare for the playoffs, identifying the keys to the offense and the defense, a player to watch, and what they have to do to win the Super Bowl.

Saints place RB Ivory on I.R.

Posted Jan. 04, 2011 @ 4:34 p.m. ET
Days before they begin their playoff run against the Seahawks, the Saints placed RB Chris Ivory on injured reserve and signed RB DeShawn Wynn.

Overcoming injuries against Seattle won’t be new drill for Saints

Posted Jan. 03, 2011 @ 7:16 p.m. ET
The Saints beat the Seahawks, despite having several key players sidelined, earlier this season, and they may be facing similar circumstances when they get the postseason underway at Qwest Field Saturday.

Game times announced for NFL playoffs

Posted Jan. 02, 2011 @ 8:01 p.m. ET
The Jets-Colts wild-card game will be the Saturday night game in the first weekend of the NFL playoffs.

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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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