NFL offers New Orleans Saints Jonathan Vilma a Faust-like deal on his suspension

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July 28, 2010; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma talks with the media during a press conference prior to the start of training camp at the New Orleans Saints practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Fans for the New Orleans Saints were treated to a victory by their team in the Hall of Fame Game tonight.  Another treat is when news came that linebacker Jonathan Vilma was offered a deal by the NFL to reduce his season long suspension.  Should he take it?

For Vilma’s league of supporters and fans, the immediate answer is “YES!”  However, something doesn’t sound right with this all of a sudden deal with the devil that really ends up being more of a plea bargain.

The core of the deal that is being reported by ESPN is that in order for the NFL to consider this, Vilma has to give as well.  The asking price is that the civil suit against NFL Commissioner be dropped by the Vilma.

The report also says that if Vilma agrees to do this, then the NFL would consider reducing the linebacker’s season long suspension to only eight games for the 2012-2013 season.

What’s curious is that nothing was mentioned about the same deal being offered to defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, linebacker Scott Fujita, or defensive end Will Smith.

Also not mentioned was a reduction for suspended head coach Sean Payton, assistant head coach Joe Vitt, or general manager Mickey Loomis.  This opens the question, what makes this civil suit so damaging for the NFL and Goodell that they are willing to cut a deal?

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  • louisianakid1954

    I agree Vilma should continue his battle with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, like Drew Brees said they don’t trust Goodell. I will lean on Goodell like he lean on me know deals Roger Goodell is up to know good. Vilma have fought to long and his name has been draged through the mud and it would be better to know the whole truth of the matter at hand. The New Orleans Saints has been through to much this offseason to take a deal I would like the truth to be known to the public that Roger Goodell is a liar. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell trying to play the New Orleans Saints players and staff as suckers he must have forgotten who he dealing with the WHODAT’S NATION we’ll rather fight than switch. So Mr. Vilma keep on fighting the ball is in your field so play it how you want to Mr. Vilma its on you. (Good Luck Fight)!!

  • Tammy Meaux

    Stick it to them Vilma, continue the fight to make it right.We are going to the super bowl and we are going to win it. The Who Dat Nation stands strong. There is no knocking us down !