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Current team: New Orleans Saints
Suspension: Season (including playoffs)
Experience: 8 years
2011 stats: 54 tackles, 0.0 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries, 1 forced fumble
Monetary losses: $1.6 million
Vilma, as expected, was the hardest hit by the NFL in its player suspensions as he has been described as a ring-leader of former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' bounty program. According to the league, the Saints' defensive captain offered a sum of $10,000 on multiple occasions to whoever knocked quarterbacks Kurt Warner and Brett out of playoff games in 2009.
During his time in New Orleans, Vilma has been the unquestioned leader of the defense and his leadership qualities have been invaluable to the Saints. A couple of weeks ago, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Vilma and the Saints re-worked his contract down from $5.4 million to $1.6 million in base salary, likely in anticipation that a hefty suspension was on its way.
Currently, Vilma stands to make $6 million in 2013 (the final year of his deal), when he makes his return to the team. Expect that number to be re-worked, as 2011 was Vilma's worst year as a Saint and New Orleans will likely not want to invest a whole lot in a 31-year-old linebacker who will not have played in over a year-and-a-half. With all that said, it is very possible that we have seen the last of Jonathan Vilma in New Orleans.