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  • AP sources: Smith, Vilma get new deals with Saints

    March 12, 2013 5:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - People familiar with the situation say defensive end Will Smith and linebacker Jonathan Vilma have agreed to restructure their contracts in order to remain with the New Orleans Saints. Meanwhile, one person says reserve linebacker Will Herring is being released. The people spoke to The Associated Press... more »
  • Vilma's defamation suit against Goodell dismissed

    January 17, 2013 5:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has dismissed New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma's defamation lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in connection with the bounty case. U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan in New Orleans said Thursday the bounty matter "feels as protracted and painful as the Saints season... more »
  • Vilma urges rejection of Goodell motion to dismiss

    December 14, 2012 10:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Saints linebacker Jon Vilma has filed a motion urging a federal judge to reject the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's motion to dismiss the Saints linebacker's defamation lawsuit. Vilma's motion filed Friday says Goodell acted with reckless disregard for the truth when basing initial allegations about Vilma upon... more »
  • Vilma moves forward in defamation case v. Goodell

    December 12, 2012 11:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Jonathan 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... more »
  • Vilma's testimony ends latest bounty hearings

    December 3, 2012 6:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The latest round of appeal hearings in the NFL's bounty investigation have concluded with appearances by former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress, Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt and linebacker Jonathan Vilma. Vilma says his appearance went well but declined further comment citing a request for... more »
  • Tagliabue, Saints continue bounty hearings

    December 3, 2012 10:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Hearings in the NFL bounty probe of the Saints have resumed with witness appearances by former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress, Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt and linebacker Jonathan Vilma. Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue has been appointed to oversee the hearings, which he has... more »
  • Saints' Vilma, Smith attend Williams hearing

    November 30, 2012 1:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - Saints defensive end Will Smith says he's glad he got a chance to hear former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams testify at an appeals hearing in the bounties case. Smith and New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma attended Friday's session, where Williams was cross-examined by the players' lawyers for about... more »
  • Saints' Vilma, Smith attend Williams hearing

    November 30, 2012 10:27 AM

    WASHINGTON - New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive lineman Will Smith are attending a hearing in their appeals of bounties suspensions. Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is scheduled to testify Friday. Vilma and Smith traveled to Washington after playing in New Orleans' 23-13 loss at Atlanta on... more »
  • Vilma takes bounty matter back to federal court

    October 15, 2012 10:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Jonathan Vilma is again asking a federal judge to overturn his suspension in the NFL's bounty probe of the New Orleans Saints. In papers filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans on Monday, Vilma says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell engaged in a "farcical review" of his previously... more »
  • NFL seeking to block Vilma's request for evidence

    September 24, 2012 5:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal magistrate has ordered attorneys for the NFL and Jonathan Vilma to hold a status conference on Thursday to discuss the league's efforts to block Vilma's demands for evidence in the NFL's bounty investigation of the Saints. The NFL filed a motion on Monday arguing that... more »
  • Saints players' bounty suspensions overturned Play Video

    September 7, 2012 3:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An NFL appeals panel overturned the suspensions of four current and former Saints players accused of taking part in a team bounty program. The panel ruled today that Jonathan Vilma, Anthony Hargrove, Will Smith and Scott Fujita would have their suspensions lifted. They were reinstated by... more »
  • Vilma, NFL return to federal court in bounty case

    August 10, 2012 10:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Jonathan Vilma has returned to federal court Friday where a judge is hearing arguments on the NFL's motion to dismiss the Saints linebacker's lawsuit seeking to overturn his bounty suspension. It's not clear when U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan will rule, but if she does not dismiss... more »
  • Saints bounties: Vilma hearing breaks up

    June 18, 2012 12:57 PM

    NEW YORK - Suspended Saints player Jonathan Vilma left an appeals hearing with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after about an hour Monday, denying he had a role in New Orleans' bounty program and saying the process is unfair. The linebacker's attorney, Peter Ginsberg, said the NFL requested an adjournment to... more »
  • Vilma appeals suspension in Saints bounty case

    May 7, 2012 11:08 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has appealed his season-long suspension under the NFL's bounty investigation, which named him as a ringleader of the cash-for-hits system. In papers filed Monday, Vilma argues that Commissioner Roger Goodell should not hear the appeal and asks for a delay in the process until... more »

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