This caused some fans to question if Vilma’s best days were behind him and if the Saints should move on from the once trusted “Drew Brees of the defense”. This was only heightened when the Saints signed linebackers Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorne.
Vilma also was placed in a negative light when Goodell accused him of being one of the main orchestrator’s of an alleged bounty program that included a claim that Vilma offered a $10,000 bounty on former quarterback Brett Farve in the Saints 2010 NFC Championship Game.
All of Vilma’s attempts at stopping his suspension have been fruitless and seem to be lacking any substance. The NFL has painted him into a corner with the “it’s in the collective bargaining agreement you signed” defense.
While Vilma’s defamation suit is another issue, the main battle he needs to win is the TRO which would allow him to participate with the team in training camp that begins Tuesday and also continuing to rehab his knee.
Both are important for Vilma since defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has installed a new defensive scheme and having the necessary care for his knee means that it will progress and heal properly.