|Vilma, here with former Saints DC Gregg Williams, may be banned up to eight games. (Getty Images)|
NFL.com reported Vilma is expected to be suspended between two and eight games and that the Saints have been stocking up on free-agent linebackers in anticipation of Vilma's suspension.
Terms of Vilma's new deal with the Saints were not disclosed.
Jeff Pash, the league's executive vice president and general counsel, said on Friday that player punishments were coming for those involved in the bounty program.
Vilma, a three-time Pro Bowler, can play all three linebacker positions. But the team has already recently signed David Hawthorne and Curtis Lofton in case Vilma receives a hefty suspension. Lofton mostly plays middle linebacker, the same position Vilma usually plays.
The suspensions could be announced next week.
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