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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

Report: Saints OT Stinchcomb to undergo surgery

Posted May 14, 2010 @ 4:16 p.m. ET
Saints ORT Jon Stinchcomb will undergo surgery after suffering a sports hernia, but is expected to be ready to participate in training camp.

Source: Giants no longer shopping Cofield

Posted May 14, 2010 @ 1:32 a.m. ET
After he thwarted a deal with New Orleans during the draft, unsigned Giants NT Barry Cofield is no longer on the trading block, a league source told NFL.com Thursday.

Former security director withdraws lawsuit against Saints

Posted May 13, 2010 @ 3:56 p.m. ET
Former Saints security director Geoffrey Santini has withdrawn his lawsuit against the organization after the club's lawyers sent the matter to an arbitration judge, as provided for in Santini's employment contract with the team.

Saints WR Meachem undergoes toe surgery

Posted May 11, 2010 @ 11:46 a.m. ET
Saints WR Robert Meachem will be sidelined until training camp at the earliest after undergoing surgery on his toe.

Saints not interested in QB Russell

Posted May 09, 2010 @ 11:25 p.m. ET
Sean Payton has shot down the talk that the Saints might be interested in signing former No. 1 overall draft choice JaMarcus Russell.

Patriots' 2011 draft choice upgraded

Posted May 09, 2010 @ 5:11 p.m. ET
The 2011 conditional draft choice that the Patriots received in the September trade of TE David Thomas to New Orleans has been upgraded from a seventh-round pick to a sixth-rounder, ESPN.com reports.

Saints sign Evans to richest deal ever for interior lineman

Posted May 05, 2010 @ 3:45 p.m. ET
The Saints have signed restricted free-agent OG Jahri Evans to the richest contract ever for an interior offensive lineman, NFL.com and ESPN are reporting.

Sharper agrees to one-year deal with Saints

Posted May 03, 2010 @ 5:04 p.m. ET
FS Darren Sharper has agreed to a one-year deal with the Saints, according to reports.

DEA investigating alleged theft of pain pills by Saints staffer

Posted May 03, 2010 @ 12:51 a.m. ET
The Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating allegations made against a Saints senior staff member for theft of prescription Vicodin pills from the team's training headquarters.

Young players will battle for Saints’ SLB job

Posted May 01, 2010 @ 2:04 p.m. ET
We hear the Saints expect two or three players to compete for the starting spot at strong-side linebacker, which was vacated when Scott Fujita signed with the Browns earlier this offseason.

2010 draft choices by team: Saints

Posted April 24, 2010 @ 11:14 p.m. ET
Here are the players who were chosen by the New Orleans Saints in the 2010 NFL draft.

Saints snag potential replacements for OLT Brown, TE Shockey

Posted April 23, 2010 @ 11:12 p.m. ET
The Saints' second-round pick of USC OT Charles Brown will only ramp up speculation that they will trade OLT Jammal Brown this offseason or let him walk after 2010.

Saints add even more depth at corner by drafting Robinson

Posted April 23, 2010 @ 12:08 a.m. ET
This is the second consecutive year New Orleans has used its first-round pick on a cornerback, and at first glance it doesn't fill any of its needs.

2010 schedule won't thrill Saints

Posted April 20, 2010 @ 9:09 p.m. ET
If the NFL draft is Christmas, then the league’s schedule release date must be Thanksgiving. Except maybe if you’re the Saints.

Saints will host Vikings in regular-season opener

Posted April 20, 2010 @ 2:20 p.m. ET
Commissioner Roger Goodell announced during a chat on NFL.com that the Saints will host the Vikings to open the regular season on Thursday, Sept. 9.

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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