View Full Version : Saints acquire LB Vilma from Jets..Faine signs with Bucs

02-29-2008, 06:50 AM
NEW ORLEANS (TICKER) —The New Orleans Saints have acquired New York Jets linebacker Jonathan Vilma, according to a report on FOXSports.com early Friday morning.

The web site reported that the Jets will receive a conditional draft pick from New Orleans based on Vilma’s playing time.

Earlier Thursday, The New Orleans Times-Picayune had reported that a deal was imminent between the two clubs.

Vilma played in nine games - collecting 43 tackles and an interception - for the Jets before knee surgery cut his season short. He had not missed a game in his previous three seasons with New York.

His arrival would be a boon to the Saints’ defense, which finished 26th in total defense a season ago. A first-round pick by the Jets out of the University of Miami in 2004, Vilma led the NFL with 173 tackles in 2005, following up a strong 108-tackle showing as a rookie.

However, at 6-1 and 230 pounds, he proved to be a poor fit for the Jets’ 3-4 scheme implemented by coach Eric Mangini after his arrival in 2006.

In New Orleans, he should provide a fast, sure-tackling option in the middle of the Saints’ 4-3 defense and have little trouble overtaking veteran middle linebacker Mark Simoneau on the Saints’ depth chart.

Nice move for the aints

02-29-2008, 07:00 AM
TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed free agent center Jeff Faine early Friday morning, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Financial terms and the length of the contract were not disclosed, but the newspaper reported that the deal likely will make Faine the highest-paid center in the game.

The signing came shortly after the 12:01 a.m. deadline for free agency.

The 26-year-old Faine spent the past two seasons with the New Orleans Saints, starting all 16 games in 2006 and 14 last season.

A first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2003 out of Notre Dame, the 6-3, 291-pound Faine struggled with injuries in his first three seasons.

An ankle injury curtailed most of his rookie season, while his next two seasons were cut short by injuries to his ankle and biceps.

Faine was traded to the Saints prior to the 2006 season.

02-29-2008, 07:11 AM
Well there goes that idea...

Brady Quinn
02-29-2008, 09:05 AM
TOO LATE................

02-29-2008, 09:22 AM
yup, gotta move fast and the bus have the most cap room.

02-29-2008, 05:26 PM
Well there goes that idea...