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Conflicting reports on Saints’ plans with Jonathan Vilma

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The Saints are looking into adding a middle linebacker in free agency, and that has led to conflicting reports about whether Jonathan Vilma has a future in New Orleans.

After the Saints scheduled a visit with free agent Curtis Lofton, Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reported that the Saints have been mulling releasing Vilma.

However, Mike Triplett of the Times-Picayune reports that the team has no plans to release Vilma, even though they’ll be meeting soon with free agents David Hawthorne and Joe Mays in addition to Lofton.

Vilma turns 30 next month, is coming off knee surgery and is due $5.5 million this year, so it’s easy to see why the Saints would consider cutting him. And there’s another issue at play: Vilma may be suspended for his role in the ongoing bounty case. The NFL’s discipline is expected to be announced soon, and Vilma — who reportedly offered $10,000 cash to any teammate who could knock Brett Favre out of the NFC Championship Game — is the player who’s likely to get the harshest punishment. So the Saints may not have Vilma available to him for all 16 games.

Or they might just decide they don’t want him for any games.

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10 Responses to “Conflicting reports on Saints’ plans with Jonathan Vilma”
  1. abr173rd says: Mar 16, 2012 9:47 AM

    The Saints are just looking to fill holes for players who will be serving a suspension. The fact that they haven’t received Dunbar makes it evident that Vilma wont be getting released, although it could spell his last season with the Saints.

  2. jenniferxxx says: Mar 16, 2012 9:48 AM

    They aren’t going to say anything in case they don’t sign Lofton. Once that happens Vilma will be properly thanked for his contributions to the franchise … he’ll be kicked to the curb.

  3. wtfru2 says: Mar 16, 2012 9:52 AM

    The Vikings need linebackers?

  4. chillyp says: Mar 16, 2012 9:56 AM

    Vilma, enjoy retirement and glad we’ll never see you in Canton. #FACT

  5. Philadelphia says: Mar 16, 2012 10:22 AM

    Lofton is headed to Philly!!

  6. watermelon1 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:42 AM

    If this guy is released… I put money he ends up with the Ravens.

    They need linebackers probably more than any other team.

    Vilma went to “THE U” so I’m sure playing with Ray Lewis and Ed Reed would help sway him.

    And the Ravens have been to the playoffs the last 4 years, so it definitely gives more playoff hopes than quite a few other teams he could sign with.

    And the Ravens haven’t really spent anything in free agency so far, so he could probably squeeze a little more cash out of them than a team that’s already exhausted its cap room in the first few days of free agency.

    So yeah, I’ll say he ends up in Baltimore if the Saints release him. Then again, something completely unexpected could happen… like Reggie Wayne re-signing with Indianapolis for no apparent reason.

  7. sportsking604 says: Mar 16, 2012 12:12 PM

    What the hell is wrong with saints head office this off season? They treating drew brees like he’s chad Henne and now they’re contemplating cutting a defensive captain who’s also their best player on D and a huge reason Scott Shanle & Fujita are still in the league Wake the f up NOW! You resigned colston when you should’ve let him go. You’re making every move you can to NOT challenge the packers next year. Nutt up and forget about the bounty. Sign more lbs on d, keep Vilma, make a play for Landry, an make things better with Lord Drew!!! Get it right or kiss your potential dynasty goodbye.

  8. paulienuts says: Mar 16, 2012 1:31 PM

    Jon Vilma will not be released. His contract will be restructured to allow room for a bigger MLB that Spags seems to like. Remember, Spags mentioned only one player he was anxious to coach – Vilma. All Saints players get jobs based upon their versatility. Virtually every player can play at least one other position WELL. Guys will be moved around and bets will be hedged (Vilma’s possible suspension), but the D captain will not be released.

  9. elmustardo says: Mar 16, 2012 4:42 PM

    Are we going to get a verdict today from the league regarding Bounty-gate?

  10. ascensionparish says: Mar 16, 2012 5:01 PM

    sportsking604 says:Mar 16, 2012 12:12 PM

    What the hell is wrong with saints head office this off season? They treating drew brees like he’s chad Henne and now they’re contemplating cutting a defensive captain who’s also their best player on D and a huge reason Scott Shanle & Fujita are still in the league Wake the f up NOW! You resigned colston when you should’ve let him go. You’re making every move you can to NOT challenge the packers next year. Nutt up and forget about the bounty. Sign more lbs on d, keep Vilma, make a play for Landry, an make things better with Lord Drew!!! Get it right or kiss your potential dynasty goodbye.
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    There’s lots of unadulterated fail in this post.

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