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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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New Orleans celebrates Saints' Super Bowl berth

Posted Jan. 25, 2010 @ 11:52 a.m. ET
In New Orleans, it's not just players and coaches who party on the field after a win in the NFC championship game. The nuns get down and bask in the glow, too, in a city that couldn't be ...

Evans says fellow OG Nicks has improved drastically

Posted Jan. 22, 2010 @ 1:58 p.m. ET
He was one of just two starting Saints O-linemen not to make the Pro Bowl, yet Jahri Evans says Carl Nicks improved greatly in his second season.

New Orleans Saints' season in review

Posted Jan. 21, 2010 @ 8:44 p.m. ET
We take a week-by-week look at the 2009 season of the NFC South champion Saints, the top playoff seed in their conference.

Saints RB McAllister placed on reserve/retired list

Posted Jan. 19, 2010 @ 5:36 p.m. ET
Saints RB Deuce McAllister, who was re-signed by the team days before its playoff win over the Cardinals, was placed on the reserve/retired list Tuesday.

Saints' Williams says management, not X's and O's, is his specialty

Posted Jan. 17, 2010 @ 3:48 p.m. ET
Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has received a great deal of credit for the defense's more opportunistic display since he took over, but he said too much has been made of his scheme.

Saints' dominant performance has New Orleans sky high

Posted Jan. 17, 2010 @ 2:22 p.m. ET
The Saints used Saturday's divisional playoff victory over the Cardinals to chase away the demons of all the disappointments Saints fans have suffered through the years as one of only five NFL teams that have never been to a ...

Saints rout Cardinals, reach NFC title game

Posted Jan. 16, 2010 @ 7:58 p.m. ET
Reggie Bush scored on an 83-yard punt return and a 46-yard run, and Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes to lead the New Orleans Saints to a 45-14 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday in the divisional round of ...

Balance of power shifting back to NFC

Posted Jan. 15, 2010 @ 8:21 p.m. ET
PFW's Hub Arkush says a glance at the remaining playoff teams provides a good indication that the NFC has become a stronger conference than the AFC, with four championship-caliber NFC teams and only two such AFC clubs in the ...

Saints stung by loss of DE Grant

Posted Jan. 08, 2010 @ 3:09 p.m. ET
The Saints' defense suffered a significant loss when DE Charles Grant tore his triceps in what amounted to a meaningless game, at least in terms of the Saints' playoff seeding, against the Panthers in Week 17.

NFC playoff primer

Posted Jan. 06, 2010 @ 10:34 a.m. ET
He may be only a bit player in the Saints' offense, but RB Reggie Bush is still a player to watch in the upcoming playoffs. PFW analyzes the offenses and defenses of the NFC's six postseason participants and speculates ...

Saints place DE Grant on I.R.

Posted Jan. 05, 2010 @ 2:05 p.m. ET
The Saints will enter the playoffs without one of their starting defensive ends.

Brees says Saints’ confidence not shaken

Posted Jan. 02, 2010 @ 8:14 p.m. ET
The Saints dropped two in a row at the Superdome after starting the season 13-0, but the team's leader and motivator-in-chief, QB Drew Brees, said he and his teammates' confidence has not been shaken.

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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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