According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter and Ed Werder, the NFL has offered to reduce the year-long suspension of New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma to only eight games this season if he agrees to drop his civil lawsuit.
“The NFL has offered to reduce New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma’s year-long suspension to eight games as part of ongoing settlement talks involving the league, the NFL Players Association and legal representatives for the four players who were suspended for their alleged participation in the team’s bounty program from 2009-2011, according to sources familiar with the discussions.
“The league’s offer was made late last week but it is conditional upon Vilma dropping a civil lawsuit charging commissioner Roger Goodell with defamation of character, sources said. Vilma has expressed his strong feelings about his tainted reputation.
“Settlement talks are expected to continue Monday and sources say that Friday’s next scheduled appearance before U.S. District Court Judge Ginger Berrigan could serve as a soft deadline to reach a settlement. The two sides filed more arguments in the Louisiana court this past Friday in advance of this week’s hearing,” ESPN Reported.
This certainly sounds like a no-brainer for Vilma, unless he really doesn’t want to play this season. If he can get eight games, I’d take it.