I have a big list of former Hurricanes who played for the Dolphins' rivals that I still like, and Jonathan Vilma is atop that very list.
So if you excuse me, I'm going to go out of my way to say that this might be emotion talking rather than rational thought, I've always wanted Vilma on the Dolphins ever since his days at The U. I forgave him for being a Jet since they drafted him, and then loved his play with the Saints.
I also believed from day one of the whole BountyGate scandal that the charges against him were trumped up a bit and was happy to see him vindicated.
Also as a rule, if you sue Jeffrey Loria and the Miami Marlins, you're alright in my book.
With that said, what does any of this really have to do with football? It's simple: Vilma fills a need for the Dolphins, albeit as a stop gap at middle linebacker.
He fits well as a 4-3 middle linebacker and can provide this defense with the leadership needed to really become an elite defense.
The question around Vilma is his health, which is part of the reason why he's still out of work as of now. The last time Vilma (who will be 32 at the start of the season) played in every game was in 2010, a year where he led the Saints in tackles. In the last two seasons, he's only played in 12 games.
According to Christy Cabrera Chirinos of The Sun-Sentinel, Vilma is currently working out at the University of Miami's facilities and, according to Omar Kelly of The Sun-Sentinel, Vilma would "love to play with the Dolphins."
Best case with Vilma, draft a linebacker (do that anyway), then sign Vilma after the draft. Vilma's leadership and experience will help said draft pick, as well as the rest of the defense.