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News » Saints agree to terms with top tackler LB Vilma 2009-02-28


Saints agree to terms with top tackler LB Vilma 2009-02-28


Saints agree to terms with top tackler LB Vilma 2009-02-28
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Saints agreed to terms with linebacker Jonathan Vilma on a five-year contract Friday, bringing back the team's leading tackler from last season.


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The team didn't disclose the financial terms.

Vilma became a free agent after his first season in New Orleans. He led the Saints with 151 tackles and three forced fumbles and added a sack and an interception.

Vilma played his first four NFL seasons with the New York Jets before the Saints acquired him in a trade. The former University of Miami standout was the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2004. A knee injury cost Vilma the last nine weeks of 2007, but he played all 16 games for the Saints last season.

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said re-signing Vilma was the team's priority during the offseason.

"Jonathan proved he could come back from his injury and play at a high level and we expect the same or better from him starting this season," Loomis said in a statement.

Vilma was arrested last month during a traffic stop in Miami on charges that included resisting arrest and obstruction of justice, but prosecutors agreed this week to drop the charges after he agreed to give to charity and clear up outstanding tickets.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: February 28, 2009

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