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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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NFL responds to union grievance in bounty scandal

Posted May 04, 2012 @ 3:15 p.m. ET
The NFL has responded to the two arbitration proceedings filed by the NFLPA on behalf of four players who were suspended for their role in "Bountygate."

Vilma, three others suspended for roles in bounty program

Posted May 02, 2012 @ 12:42 p.m. ET
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Saints LB Jonathan Vilma for the entire 2012 season for his role in the Saints’ bounty program.

Report: Vilma restructures deal with Saints

Posted April 21, 2012 @ 10:25 a.m. ET
Saints LB Jonathan Vilma, who's expected to be suspended for his role in the team's bounty scandal, has agreed to restructure his contract.

NFLPA hires outside counsel for players in 'Bountygate'

Posted April 02, 2012 @ 3:16 a.m. ET
The NFLPA has hired outside counsel for players who are to be punished because of their involvement in the Saints' "bounty" program.

Saints bracing for player sanctions

Posted March 25, 2012 @ 4:56 a.m. ET
The Saints wonder what Roger Goodell might have in store for players involved in their "bounty" program, such as MLB Jonathan Vilma.

Five steps for Saints' Benson to take

Posted March 21, 2012 @ 9:09 p.m. ET
It's up to owner Tom Benson to pick up the pieces following the stiff punishment the NFL gave the Saints for their violation of the league's bounty rules.

Saints eyeing new man in middle?

Posted Feb. 26, 2012 @ 1:52 p.m. ET
The Saints are hoping that getting some rest this offseason will allow MLB Jonathan Vilma to return stronger in 2012.

Saints rule WR Moore out for Saturday

Posted Jan. 13, 2012 @ 3:52 p.m. ET
The Saints ruled WR Lance Moore (hamstring) and TE John Gilmore (toe) out for Saturday's playoff game against the 49ers.

Saints hoping for late-season resurgence from Vilma

Posted Dec. 15, 2011 @ 7:26 p.m. ET
The Saints' defense has had two of its more solid defensive performances in the past two games, coinciding with the return of MLB Jonathan Vilma.

Scout's Notebook: Saints MLB Jonathan Vilma

Posted Nov. 23, 2011 @ 6:45 p.m. ET
PFW personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki breaks down Saints MLB Jonathan Vilma, whose declining health has hurt Gregg Williams' defense.

Tough times for ailing Saints MLB Vilma

Posted Nov. 12, 2011 @ 6:18 p.m. ET
A nagging left knee injury will keep MLB Jonathan Vilma out for a second straight game in Week 10.

Bears-Saints matchup of the day: Saturday

Posted Sept. 17, 2011 @ 12:35 p.m. ET
The Bears are going to need RB Matt Forté and the running game to have success early and try to force the Saints to be less aggressive with the blitz.

Panthers like Pike; he's just not ready

Posted Nov. 28, 2010 @ 1:30 a.m. ET
Don't make too much of the fact that Carolina chose to start recent signee Brian St. Pierre at quarterback in Week 11. They like rookie QB Tony Pike, but they don't think he's ready to start, according ...

Shades of 2009 form in performance of Saints’ defense against Seahawks

Posted Nov. 22, 2010 @ 4:29 p.m. ET
While the Saints' defense didn't have one of its better performances against the Seahawks on Sunday, it forced two turnovers and the offense shined, scoring touchdowns on five consecutive possessions at one point in New Orleans' 34-19 win.

Vilma: Williams deserves another head-coaching opportunity

Posted Nov. 19, 2010 @ 6:14 p.m. ET
While Gregg Williams seems to be happy with his current situation, his success in building on what he started in 2009 has led some to wonder about his future.

Q&A with Saints MLB Jonathan Vilma

Posted Feb. 02, 2010 @ 7:14 p.m. ET
Saints MLB Jonathan Vilma discussed the matchup with the Colts and being traded by the Jets in 2008 with the media on Tuesday.


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.