Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Vilma a Possibility?

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Vilma a Possibility?

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/fo..._fly_away.html

    Jonathan Vilma can fly away
    BY RICH CIMINI
    DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER

    Friday, February 22nd 2008, 4:00 AM


    Weissman for News

    Jonathan Vilma
    Jonathan Vilma's days with the Jets are numbered.

    The popular linebacker, whose star has dimmed in two seasons under Eric Mangini, has received permission from the Jets to shop himself for a potential trade, the Daily News has learned. It doesn't mean a trade is a certainty, but it's a tacit acknowledgement from both sides that Vilma and Mangini's 3-4 scheme aren't a match.

    Vilma, with one year remaining on his rookie contract, also is looking for a long-term deal. Now, with the Jets' blessing, he has the ability to speak with any team. If he agrees to a new contract, it will be up to that team and the Jets to negotiate trade compensation. The Jets could keep him, but they know they won't receive anything next year if he bolts as a free agent. A team spokeman declined comment.

    It's unclear what the Jets are seeking, but there's no doubt that Vilma's value took a hit because of major knee surgery last November. Vilma has started jogging and hopes to be running full speed in about a month, he wrote this week on his Web site. If he can show he's healthy before the April 26 draft, it will greatly enhance his stock. Sources believe the Jets could get a third-round pick, perhaps slightly higher, for a healthy Vilma.

    The Jaguars and Saints are believed to be among the potential suitors. The Saints have made no secret of their desire to acquire a middle linebacker, as they've already made an offer to former Dolphin Zach Thomas. Former Jets defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson was recently hired by the Jaguars as an assistant, which explains their interest.

    Under Henderson, who ran a 4-3 defense, Vilma was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2004. In 2005, he made the Pro Bowl as an alternate, looking like one of the Jets' best first-round picks in years.

    When Mangini arrived in 2006 and switched to a 3-4, Vilma's production suffered. Hiding his frustration, at least publicly, he vowed to adapt his sideline-to-sideline style into the more restrictive 3-4 scheme. But he got off to a slow start and suffered a mysterious knee injury in the seventh game, sidelining him for the remainder of the season.

    Neither Vilma nor the club explained the nature of the injury, but it was related to a pre-existing condition that required complicated surgery. In the meantime, rookie David Harris flourished in Vilma's role as the defensive signal-caller. In fact, the overall defense improved with Harris in the lineup on a full-time basis.

    Mangini was vague yesterday when discussing Vilma at the scouting combine in Indianapolis. He said Vilma is "making some good progress" in his rehab, but when asked if he still considers Vilma a starter, Mangini replied, "It's one of those things where you're going to have to evaluate it as we go and hope everything works out. But Jon's a good player. He's a smart player. He's been very productive for us and he's incredibly competitive."

    Vilma's agent, Mitch Frankel, was traveling to the combine and couldn't be reached for comment. Vilma, on his Web site, said he hasn't heard anything from the club with regard to his future.
    Season ticket holder since 2012

  • #2
    Obviously we were not named in this article but with all this hype over Thomas and Morgan I'm just curious how we stand on this.
    Season ticket holder since 2012

    Comment


    • #3
      Not since he's an MLB, DJ needs to stay where he is.
      sigpic
      Made by Houshmazode

      Comment


      • #4
        Dude, DJ and Vilma played college ball together and tore it up. I say we make a run at him instead of old zach Thomas. I bet DJ wouldn't mind moving back to his natural spot, especially if it meant bringing in Vilma.

        I'm not sure what we have to offer in a trade, but it's worth looking into..
        sigpic

        Comment


        • #5
          Well the Jets are in need of a top playmaking WR which we have Walker to offer; even though he is rumored with ties to the Bucs I say we offer Walker and a 4th for Vilma. Then, either drat Keith Rivers or sign Bailey either way Williams Vilma Rivers/Bailey we would be the linebacking team we are known for again.
          Season ticket holder since 2012

          Comment


          • #6
            Some REALLY good posts here with some education behind them....GET VILMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and move DJ back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            Comment


            • #7
              There are plenty of options out there to fix our LBs. Briggs is available as an outside LB and Vilma is available as an inside LB. If the Broncos dont sign anyone good I'd bet its because they like somebody in the draft.

              We should definitely go after Vilma. He is trying to recover from major knee surgery which is never a good thing, but he will come relatively cheap, maybe just for Walker straight up, and it would be awesome to see him and DJ reunited.

              Comment


              • #8
                Originally posted by BroncoStampede View Post
                There are plenty of options out there to fix our LBs. Briggs is available as an outside LB and Vilma is available as an inside LB. If the Broncos dont sign anyone good I'd bet its because they like somebody in the draft.

                We should definitely go after Vilma. He is trying to recover from major knee surgery which is never a good thing, but he will come relatively cheap, maybe just for Walker straight up, and it would be awesome to see him and DJ reunited.
                3rd rounder or higher is not relatively cheap. He is coming off a 'mysterious' knee injury which was never disclosed in detail what it was. But it was related to a pre-existing condition that required complicated surgery. Which tells me a degenerative condition that could be very similar or what happened with Domanic Davis-Williams, former stud RB of Houston Texans.

                Does Denver want to waste another high draft pick on a player that may contribute only 1 season and cost a load of cash?

                Everyone needs to do a lil, just a tad of research before posting these same threads over and over and over again.

                Comment


                • #9
                  We have to at lease make a run for him. He will be a good fit for us.
                  sigpic

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Mrceee View Post
                    We have to at lease make a run for him. He will be a good fit for us.
                    I agree.....
                    sigpic

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      At some point you have to have faith in your medical staff and their ability to evaluate injuries. To totally blow off a player as good as Vilma without checking him out first would be just as irresponsible as if you signed him without having him take a physical. If he was cheap and we also got Briggs (assuming the combined contracts even out), were do we put DJ?

                      Comment

                      Working...
                      X