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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

Former DT Kennedy says Goodell, NFL lied

Posted Oct. 19, 2012 @ 11:22 a.m. ET
Former DT Jimmy Kennedy released a statement through the NFLPA saying Roger Goodell lied about Kennedy being a "whistleblower."

Judge orders Goodell to produce bounty-related documents

Posted Oct. 16, 2012 @ 1:43 p.m. ET
A federal magistrate judge has ordered Roger Goodell to provide the court with documents related to the league's bounty investigation of the Saints.

NFC South Spin cycle: Freeman roller coaster continues

Posted Oct. 15, 2012 @ 2:53 p.m. ET
With the Panthers and Saints on bye, the NFC South went 2-0 vs. the AFC West on Sunday.

Saints still looking to FS Jenkins for spark

Posted Oct. 14, 2012 @ 1:11 p.m. ET
The Saints could not be more pleased with Malcolm Jenkins’ leadership, but he and other Saints defenders are going to have to start playing more opportunistically.

Players appeal reissued 'Bountygate' suspensions

Posted Oct. 12, 2012 @ 10:30 a.m. ET
The four players who received suspensions in the 'Bountygate' incidents have filed appeals with the NFL, according to multiple reports.

Goodell reaffirms bounty suspensions

Posted Oct. 09, 2012 @ 5:40 p.m. ET
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reaffirmed suspensions to the players allegedly involved in the Saints’ bounty program, with some adjustments.

Goodell's letter to Browns LB Fujita

Posted Oct. 09, 2012 @ 5:39 p.m. ET
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reduced Scott Fuijta's bounty suspension from three games to one. Here's the letter he wrote to Fujita.

Goodell's letter to Saints LB Vilma

Posted Oct. 09, 2012 @ 5:38 p.m. ET
NFL commissoner Roger Goodell reaffirmed Saints LB Jonathan Vilma's season-long suspension. Here's Goodell's letter to Vilma.

Goodell's letter to Saints DE Smith

Posted Oct. 09, 2012 @ 5:38 p.m. ET
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reaffirmed Saints DE Will Smith's four-game suspension. Here's a letter Goodell wrote to Smith.

Goodell's letter to free-agent DE Hargrove

Posted Oct. 09, 2012 @ 5:37 p.m. ET
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reduced DE Anthony Hargrove's suspension from eight games to seven for his role in the Saints' bounty program.

'Bountygate' needs to be put to bed

Posted Oct. 09, 2012 @ 1:22 p.m. ET
It's time for Roger Goodell to put an end to the "Bountygate" mess and announce there will be no player suspensions.

NFC South Spin cycle: Week Five

Posted Oct. 08, 2012 @ 1:02 p.m. ET
The Falcons are 5-0 for the first time in franchise history, and the Saints finally have a victory, but the Panthers continued their downward spiral.

Saints get first win on Brees' record-breaking night

Posted Oct. 08, 2012 @ 12:04 a.m. ET
Drew Brees broke a half-century-old NFL record and the Saints won for the first time this season, 31-24 over the Chargers on Sunday night.

Brees breaks Unitas' touchdown record

Posted Oct. 07, 2012 @ 9:24 p.m. ET
Drew Brees broke Johnny Unitas’ record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass on Sunday night.

NFL Links: Ngata's added girth paying off

Posted Oct. 05, 2012 @ 10:49 a.m. ET
Haloti Ngata's extra weight is helping already, the Saints' pass rush is a big problem and the Browns' new owner won't make any snap decisions.

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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