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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

Jenkins eases Saints’ concerns about absent Sharper

Posted Sept. 10, 2010 @ 3:11 p.m. ET
Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has plenty of confidence that Malcolm Jenkins can fill the void at free safety until Darren Sharper is healthy.

Season opener a TV ratings bonanza for NBC

Posted Sept. 10, 2010 @ 10:07 a.m. ET
According to overnight ratings data released Friday morning by The Nielsen Company, Thursday night's Vikings-Saints game on NBC Sports was the highest-rated NFL Kickoff game ever.

Saints top Vikings 14-9 in season opener

Posted Sept. 09, 2010 @ 11:56 p.m. ET
New Orleans won the much-anticipated rematch with playoff rival Minnesota on Thursday night, edging the Vikings 14-9 in a game dominated by the defenses.

Inactives for Vikings-Saints

Posted Sept. 09, 2010 @ 7:24 p.m. ET
The Vikings and Saints have announced their inactive players for tonight's season opener.

Study calls Cowboys most popular team

Posted Sept. 09, 2010 @ 1:14 p.m. ET
In a study released Thursday by Nielsen, the Cowboys ranked as the most popular team in the league.

Saints lose starting LB Casillas, make final cuts

Posted Sept. 05, 2010 @ 3:09 a.m. ET
The Saints lost a key component in their quest to successfully defend their Super Bowl title, placing starting WLB Jonathan Casillas on injured reserve Saturday. They also cut their roster to the 53-player limit, releasing veteran RB Ladell Betts and ...

Report: Saints FS Sharper lands on PUP list

Posted Sept. 03, 2010 @ 6:55 p.m. ET
Five-time Pro Bowler Darren Sharper is reportedly going to start the season on the PUP list, keeping him out of the Saints' first six games as he recovers from offseason microfracture knee surgery.

Reports: Saints release DE McCray

Posted Sept. 03, 2010 @ 4:14 p.m. ET
Reports indicate the Saints have decided to part ways with veteran DE Bobby McCray.

Saints release LB Evans, waive four others

Posted Aug. 24, 2010 @ 10:57 p.m. ET
The Saints released LB Troy Evans, who had been with the team since 2007, and waived four other players Tuesday.

Saints place RB Hill on I.R., sign Wynn

Posted Aug. 23, 2010 @ 4:05 p.m. ET
RB P.J. Hill became the second Saints backup running back in less than two weeks to land on injured reserve. New Orleans signed RB DeShawn Wynn as a replacement.

Few signs of progress from Saints rookie CB Robinson

Posted Aug. 18, 2010 @ 5:47 p.m. ET
Some expected Saints rookie CB Patrick Robinson, the team's first-round pick this year, to challenge CB Randall Gay for the nickel-back job in training camp.

Report: Saints sign RB Betts as insurance

Posted Aug. 16, 2010 @ 10:42 p.m. ET
The Saints have signed free-agent RB Ladell Betts to a one-year contract, a source told NFL.com. The former Redskin provides New Orleans with insurance after backup RB Lynell Hamilton suffered a torn ACL in the team's preseason-opening game ...

NFL announces 'The Krewe of NFL Kickoff Parade'

Posted Aug. 16, 2010 @ 3:15 p.m. ET
The 2010 NFL season will kick off in New Orleans with a parade to ring in its 91st season and celebrate the New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl title.

Saints RB Hamilton tears ACL

Posted Aug. 12, 2010 @ 10:46 a.m. ET
Saints RB Lynell Hamilton tore the ACL in his right knee at practice Wednesday, the team has confirmed, and he is almost certainly done for the season.

Ex-Saint Jackson no longer 'the other guy'

Posted Aug. 07, 2010 @ 3:20 a.m. ET
Rickey Jackson has sometimes been "the other guy," not getting the recognition he deserved. That changed, however, when he was elected to the Hall of Fame.

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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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