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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Sad that they gotta release Vilma before they freakin release Shanle. Lofton is gonna end up a Saint at JV's expense!!!! Sign Hawthorne first Shanle must go!!!!!...

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Old 03-15-2012, 08:24 PM   #11
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Sad that they gotta release Vilma before they freakin release Shanle. Lofton is gonna end up a Saint at JV's expense!!!! Sign Hawthorne first Shanle must go!!!!!
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Love Vilma hope he restructures.
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:34 PM   #13
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Vilma is more than likely facing a suspension from Goodell. The suspension plus his knees has me feeling his cap space can be better utilized on a younger LB...
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Wow, i hate to say it but it might be time to say good by.
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Old 03-16-2012, 02:30 AM   #15
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I actually do agree that Vilma will probably get chopped. However, I do see a strong possibility of him coming back later on. He sounds like one of those candidates to be set free for cap reasons, let him test the market and then see if he wants to comeback at a reduced price. Maybe a contract for minimum that is loaded with incentives?
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I'll pitch in 10k for him to stay.

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Old 03-16-2012, 09:23 AM   #17
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Why is everyone so convinced that Vilma will get suspended? Am I missing the writing on the wall or are these just assumptions?
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:31 AM   #18
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I am with lMitchl. Vilma being the Defensive team captain for the defense that has been caught in the bounty program... The preception is he could be the leader of the bounty system on the field. +knee = cooked goose.
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:39 AM   #19
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Why is everyone so convinced that Vilma will get suspended? Am I missing the writing on the wall or are these just assumptions?
Because a lot of us aren't living in denial.

Reality is of all the 'players', he'll get the most sever suspensions and fines in my opinion. If that is 5-6-8 weeks or longer, we'd be better off signing another starter and cutting him loose. Let him serve his suspension on another team really... be on their roster and not contribute.

I am also still worried about the injury taking a step from him also... its just not adding up and worth keeping him. Get someone else who will be a better fit in our new D.

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Old 03-16-2012, 09:57 AM   #20
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Conflicting reports on Saints

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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