Vilma comes cheaply
Posted on: February 29, 2008 2:17 pm
Edited on: February 29, 2008 6:03 pm
A league source just told me the New York Jets received a fourth-round pick in this year's draft from New Orleans for linebacker Jonathan Vilma. It was his understanding that the two clubs discussed two options, with one a conditional fourth-rounder in the 2009 draft that could move to a third depending on how much Vilma plays. However, the Jets settled for a firm fourth, he said. Vilma was a terrific player with the Jets when he operated in the 4-3 defense but his performance tailed off the past two seasons in the 3-4 and he has a history of injuries. "Is he a risk?" asked one player personnel director. "Absolutely. Especially on turf. But it's not much of a risk when you're talking about a fourth-rounder for first-round talent."