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Report: Jonathan Vilma visiting Falcons

New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Jonathan Vilma (51) reacts during a NFL training camp in Metairie Reuters

When the Falcons lost linebacker Sean Weatherspoon for the season last week, one of the veteran linebackers mentioned as a potential addition to the corps was Jonathan Vilma.

The Falcons got plenty of looks at Vilma during his run with the Saints and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that they are getting another one on Wednesday. Vilma will be working out for Atlanta, joining Tim Dobbins on the list of players with reported meetings with the Falcons in the wake of Weatherspoon’s torn Achilles.

Vilma spent all but one week of last season on injured reserve because of a knee issue that’s troubled him for several seasons. The knee likely contributed to an overall drop in Vilma’s play, so he’ll likely have to show he’s both healthy and capable for the Falcons’ interest to go beyond the workout.

Paul Worrilow, Joplu Bartu and Prince Shembo are in-house options for the Falcons, who have also been linked to Pat Angerer among available options on the veteran free agent market.

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10 Responses to “Report: Jonathan Vilma visiting Falcons”
  1. thepftpoet says: Jun 18, 2014 3:48 PM

    Jonathan Vilma needs to hand Brett Favre his deserved 2009 Super Bowl Ring with the Vikings.

  2. beckzhere says: Jun 18, 2014 4:08 PM

    Remember the last washed up Saint the Falcons signed? (Joe Horn)
    Disaster.

    Anyone but Vilma!

  3. aceakking says: Jun 18, 2014 4:10 PM

    Jonathan Vilma apparently has had enough of the bounty defense.

  4. reesesteel23 says: Jun 18, 2014 4:10 PM

    Bounty Stench. Yuck

  5. 504in860 says: Jun 18, 2014 4:26 PM

    Falcons love signing washed up Saints players…so why not?

  6. nothinbutathang says: Jun 18, 2014 4:34 PM

    OMG !!!! You Vikings fan get over it,
    Let’s say this happens in the 2009 NFC championship.

    You don’t fumble 5 or 6 times !
    You don’t have a 12 men on the field penalty on the last play!
    Your QB doesn’t try an accross the field pass on the last play!
    Your offensive line actually blocked!!
    You stop the Saints on 4 in 1 in OT !!!

    YOU LOST!!!! it was your own fault, get over it.

  7. infowars027 says: Jun 18, 2014 4:34 PM

    Joe horn was one of the best signings in franchise history. Roddy white labels him as the one person who turned his career around. He.mentored him. Roddy white was terrible before horn started mentoring him. So yes.maybe horn didnt produce on the field that.much but he brought veteran leadership which vilma cab provide.

  8. jgedgar70 says: Jun 18, 2014 4:44 PM

    Go ahead, sign Vilma. Going from one division foe to another, I can still hate him.

    FALCONS – Fans ALways Counting On Next Season

  9. ericbroe says: Jun 18, 2014 4:53 PM

    As a Saints fan I say please sign him but as a football fan I say if Atlanta is smart, they will not sign Vilma.

  10. flexx91 says: Jun 18, 2014 4:53 PM

    If they think he can provide at least some of Weatherspoon’s production (at this point in his career), then they are sadly mistaken.

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