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New Orleans Saints

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


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Goodell files motion to dismiss defamation suit

Posted July 05, 2012 @ 12:42 p.m. ET
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell filed a motion to dismiss Saints LB Jonathan Vilma’s defamation claims.

NFLPA files suit on behalf of Smith, Hargrove, Fujita

Posted July 05, 2012 @ 10:39 a.m. ET
The NFLPA filed a lawsuit against the NFL on behalf of Will Smith, Anthony Hargrove and Scott Fujita.

Goodell upholds player suspensions in bounty case

Posted July 03, 2012 @ 4:10 p.m. ET
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the player suspensions handed out for the Saints’ bounty program, the league announced Tuesday.

Vilma files another lawsuit

Posted July 01, 2012 @ 10:10 a.m. ET
Jonathan Vilma filed a lawsuit against the NFL, claiming, among other things, that commissioner Roger Goodell has failed to rule on Vilma's appeal in a timely manner.

NFL denies witness retractions in bounty probe

Posted June 21, 2012 @ 9:36 p.m. ET
The NFL has denied accusations it covered up retractions made by key witnesses in its bounty investigation.

Goodell hears bounty appeals from players

Posted June 18, 2012 @ 9:33 p.m. ET
Roger Goodell has finished hearing appeals from four players in the Saints bounty case, amid complaints that the NFL didn't prove anything.

Reports: Evidence given to players ahead of bounty appeals

Posted June 15, 2012 @ 5:03 p.m. ET
The NFL has reportedly turned over some evidence to the four players suspended for the Saints' bounty program ahead of Monday’s appeals hearing.

Arbitrator rules in favor of NFL, Goodell in bounty case

Posted June 04, 2012 @ 11:52 a.m. ET
Arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to discipline players for their role in the Saints' bounty program.

Vilma: 'There was no bounty program in place'

Posted June 01, 2012 @ 10:42 a.m. ET
Saints LB Jonathan Vilma maintained that he was not involved in a bounty program in an interview with’s Ian Rapoport.

Goodell granted 21-day delay for response to Vilma lawsuit

Posted May 31, 2012 @ 10:02 p.m. ET
Roger Goodell has been granted a 21-day delay for responding to a defamation lawsuit filed against him by Saints LB Jonathan Vilma.

Arbitrator hears second NFLPA grievance

Posted May 31, 2012 @ 2:29 a.m. ET
An arbitrator met with the NFL and NFLPA in a hearing Wednesday over whether Roger Goodell has the power to punish players involved in “Bountygate.”

Saints LB Vilma sues Goodell for defamation

Posted May 17, 2012 @ 3:52 p.m. ET
Saints LB Jonathan Vilma filed a lawsuit on Thursday against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for defamation.

Players dispute Goodell's jurisdiction in bounty case

Posted May 16, 2012 @ 11:54 a.m. ET
An arbitration hearing will be held May 30 to see if Roger Goodell has jurisdiction to punish the players involved in the Saints' bounty program.

Appeals made in NFL bounty case

Posted May 07, 2012 @ 12:44 p.m. ET
All four players suspended last week by the NFL for their participation in the Saints' bounty scandal filed appeals on Monday.

Union challenges Goodell's authority in 'bounty' suspensions

Posted May 05, 2012 @ 3:17 p.m. ET
The NFLPA asserts that the league gave up its right to suspend players for conduct that occurred before the signing of the CBA.


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.