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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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Dominant Patriots separating from pack

Posted Dec. 14, 2010 @ 3:35 p.m. ET
New England, Pittsburgh, Atlanta and New Orleans are the four best teams in the NFL, writes PFW's Hub Arkush, who says nobody is playing at the Patriots' level right now.

Opportunistic 'D' keys Saints' late run

Posted Dec. 13, 2010 @ 3:28 p.m. ET
The Saints started the season slowly, but with veteran S Darren Sharper back healthy and second-year FS Malcolm Jenkins playing well, the Saints' defense has returned to its "Super" form.

Week 14 Players of the Week

Posted Dec. 13, 2010 @ 10 a.m. ET
This week, PFW selects Patriots QB Tom Brady, Saints FS Malcolm Jenkins and Cardinals PK Jay Feely as its Players of the Week.

Brees, Jenkins lead Saints past Rams

Posted Dec. 12, 2010 @ 8:01 p.m. ET
Drew Brees threw for three scores, Malcolm Jenkins returned one of his two interceptions 96 yards for his first career touchdown, and New Orleans won its sixth straight game 31-13 over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

Saints RB Ivory's violent running impresses Payton

Posted Dec. 10, 2010 @ 2:24 p.m. ET
Undrafted rookie Chris Ivory has made a major impression on head coach Sean Payton, who has said he doesn't want to reduce Ivory's workload even though Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas are getting back to 100 percent.

Late TD rallies Saints over Bengals

Posted Dec. 05, 2010 @ 5:01 p.m. ET
Drew Brees passed Archie Manning as the Saints' all-time leading passer Sunday, then rallied New Orleans to its fifth straight win, 34-30 over the Cincinnati Bengals

Veteran SLB Clark making most of second stint with Saints

Posted Dec. 03, 2010 @ 9:11 p.m. ET
In his 11th season, 33-year-old Danny Clark is past his prime, but he has been an unsung hero for the Saints' defense in his second stint with the team.

2-9 Bengals fail to sell out Paul Brown Stadium

Posted Dec. 02, 2010 @ 1:37 p.m. ET
The Bengals-Saints game in Cincinnati will be blacked out on local television because the game is not a sellout.

Brees named sportsman of the year

Posted Nov. 30, 2010 @ 9:43 a.m. ET
Saints QB Drew Brees was named Sports Illustrated's sportsman of the year on Tuesday, becoming the 57th recipient of the award.

Bush’s return doesn’t go as planned

Posted Nov. 29, 2010 @ 1:07 p.m. ET
Hopefully owners didn't immediately reinsert Reggie Bush into their lineups upon his return. If they did, they were surely disappointed.

Saints will bring RB Bush along slowly

Posted Nov. 27, 2010 @ 4:03 p.m. ET
After missing the previous eight games while recovering from a broken fibula, Saints RB Reggie Bush returned against the Cowboys in Week 12, and his involvement on offense was limited.

Saints DE Smith arrested on domestic abuse charge

Posted Nov. 27, 2010 @ 2:53 p.m. ET
Saints DE Will Smith was arrested and charged with domestic abuse battery early Saturday morning.

Saints rally to beat Cowboys in thriller

Posted Nov. 25, 2010 @ 8:28 p.m. ET
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have recovered from blowing a 17-point lead by marching 89 yards for a go-ahead touchdown with 1:55 left to pull out a 30-27 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday.

Saints' Bush active; Shockey, Thomas inactive

Posted Nov. 25, 2010 @ 3:58 p.m. ET
RB Reggie Bush is active for the first time since Week Two, as the Saints meet the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. Bush had been sidelined with an injury to his fibula.

2011 NFC South free-agent preview

Posted Nov. 25, 2010 @ 11:30 a.m. ET
Buccaneers OG Davin Joseph could be rather expensive to re-sign once the 2011 free-agent signing period begins, but GM Mark Dominik is expected to do whatever it takes to retain the highly regarded Joseph.

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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