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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."
Category: NFL

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2008 3:44 pm

Vilma comes cheaply

I was all for trading Vilma but not for this.  This is another bad move by the Jets, they didn't want to wait until April to get a better deal.  I'm sorry but one injury for a guy who is in his early/mid 20's will not do any damage to his game.  But playing in the 3-4 does do damage.  Going back to a 4-3 with the Saint swill mean Pro-bowl for Vilma.  And the Jets made another mistake the pick is conditional but only for as high as a 3rd rounder.  That means even if Vilma becomes the best MLB in football the next two year and makes the pro bowl the next two years he will still only bring in a 3rd rounder for the jets in the 2009 draft.  This was a a give away by the JEts. Congrats to the Saints you just got yourself a pro-bowl player for next to nothing.

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