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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

Spagnuolo preaches patience with Saints' young corners

Posted Nov. 26, 2012 @ 6:15 p.m. ET
The Saints were thin at cornerback in their loss to the 49ers, and youngsters like Johnny Patrick are being relied on more and more.

NFC South Spin cycle: Falcons keep hanging on

Posted Nov. 26, 2012 @ 11:55 a.m. ET
It will not quiet the skeptics, but the Falcons did ensure this would be their third consecutive double-digit win season on Sunday.

49ers harass Brees, defeat Saints

Posted Nov. 25, 2012 @ 8:10 p.m. ET
Ahmad Brooks and Donte Whitner returned interceptions for touchdowns, and the 49ers ended the Saints' three-game winning streak, 31-21 on Sunday.

NFC South Spin cycle: Stage set for Falcons-Bucs battle

Posted Nov. 19, 2012 @ 2:30 p.m. ET
The Panthers hit a new low, but the rest of the NFC South was victorious Sunday, including the Falcons and Bucs, who will meet next week.

Rivera, Mularkey, Shurmur don't come through in clutch

Posted Nov. 19, 2012 @ 12:42 p.m. ET
Embattled head coaches have something in common: They all make late-game situational mistakes that cost their teams.

NFC South Spin cycle: Saints, Bucs keeping playoff hopes alive

Posted Nov. 12, 2012 @ 3:05 p.m. ET
The talk of an undefeated season is over for the Falcons, but the playoff hopes for the Saints and Buccaneers are still alive coming off Week 10 wins.

Falcons, Lions can't channel slights properly

Posted Nov. 12, 2012 @ 1:18 p.m. ET
How a team motivates itself can go a long way in determining whether it will achieve success or suffer failure in today's NFL, Eric Edholm writes.

Saints hand Falcons their first loss

Posted Nov. 11, 2012 @ 4:42 p.m. ET
Jimmy Graham caught seven passes for 146 yards and two TDs to help the Saints hand the Falcons their first loss, 31-27, on Sunday.

Saints' situation with Payton mystifies

Posted Nov. 09, 2012 @ 4:32 p.m. ET
One team insider says the Saints’ still-unsettled contract situation for suspended head coach Sean Payton is best described as a mess.

Key matchup: Falcons QB Matt Ryan vs. Saints pass defense

Posted Nov. 07, 2012 @ 3:27 p.m. ET
In today's Key Matchup, we take a look at the challenge awaiting the Saints' pass defense in Week 10.

NFC South Spin cycle: Saints defense still needs to tighten up

Posted Nov. 06, 2012 @ 1:46 p.m. ET
It's all smiles in the NFC South after the Saints, Falcons, Panthers and Buccaneers each earned a victory in Week Nine.

Brees, Robinson spark Saints to victory

Posted Nov. 06, 2012 @ 12:14 a.m. ET
Drew Brees threw two TD passes, one to TE Jimmy Graham, to lead the Saints to a 28-13 win over the reeling Eagles on Monday night.

Report: League voided Saints' contract with Payton

Posted Nov. 04, 2012 @ 1:24 p.m. ET
The NFL voided the contract extension Saints head coach Sean Payton received in September 2011, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Saints RB Sproles (hand) out for Monday night

Posted Nov. 02, 2012 @ 3:33 p.m. ET
Saints RB Darren Sproles needed surgery on a broken hand and will not play in Monday night’s game against the Eagles.

Saints using scalpel rather than sledgehammer on defense

Posted Nov. 02, 2012 @ 1:31 p.m. ET
The Saints are on pace to shatter the record for most yards allowed in a season, but Joe Vitt has shot down the idea of making dramatic changes.

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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