Saints News 5/16/13: Jonathan Vilma Says It Was Worth The Pay Cut To Stay With Saints

Jamie Squire

Vilma is healthy for the first time in two years. Some may have written him off as way past his prime, but this Who Dat fanatic is optimistic that Vilma will bounce back this year. He might not play at a Pro Bowl level anymore, but he'll play well, win a starting job, and keep it as long as he stays healthy. Add me to the Accountability Index, Stu.

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Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

Rejuvenated Jonathan Vilma says it was worth taking pay cut to remain with New Orleans Saints | NOLA.com
He is finally back to full health after suffering a knee injury in the second game of 2011. Vilma tried to play through the injury throughout that 2011 season, then he eventually had major surgery that sidelined him until Week 7 of the 2012 season. He never looked quite like himself in either season.

Vilma says it was worth the pay cut to stay with Saints | ProFootballTalk
"Hey, I’m good on the money side. So it’s just about winning right now," Vilma told Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "And, you know, we say that all the time. But I would like to believe that most of our team really believes that. That we’re a team. It’s not really about individuals, it’s not really about selfish, it’s just about winning.

Jonathan Vilma: Happy With New Defense
New Orleans Saints LB Jonathan Vilma talks about the new New Orleans Saints defense at a charity softball game on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

Victur Butler: "Rob Ryan is a Good Fit for Saints"

LB Victor Butler, who played for Rob Ryan with the Cowboys, talks about the new New Orleans Saints DC at a charity softball game on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

Saints Nation Podcast: The Saints' Mount Rushmore Edition

Akiem Hicks to be a defensive end in Saints 3-4 defense | ProFootballTalk
With new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan taking control of the New Orleans Saints defense, there were bound to be some changes to scheme and personnel as the Saints attempt to overhaul a defense that ranked dead last in the league last season.

New Orleans Saints LB Victor Butler says team can become top defense - Video | NOLA.com
New Saints linebacker says while last year's defense played poorly, the players are still great players

New Orleans Saints LB Victor Butler envisions a complete turnaround for beleaguered defense | NOLA.com
The Saints linebacker already senses a new vibe in the team facility.

New Orleans Saints LB Victor Butler ready to step out of shadows of DeMarcus Ware, Anthony Spencer - Video | NOLA.com
Saints linebacker says he's ready to put to use what he learned from stout Dallas defenders

New Orleans Saints left tackles appear to be up for the challenge | NOLA.com
LT Charles Brown said he has something to prove

New Orleans Saints question of the day: What should they do with remaining cap space? | NOLA.com
Saints have $1.6 million in cap space

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Other NFL News

Saints scout Jim Monos headed to Buffalo
Jim Monos, an area scout for the Saints for the last eight years, is headed to the Buffalo Bills to serve as director of player personnel.

Anthony Hargrove Will Be Wearing Silver And Blue This Season - Who Dat Dish - A New Orleans Saints Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
It looks like former Saints DL Anthony Hargrove finally will get to play football again. This time he won’t be wearing the familiar black and gold Saints uniform; he’ll be wearing a Dallas Cowboys uniform when he faces us on the field.

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Lagniappe

Rick Cleveland: Muncie's talent amazed everyone | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
Chuck Muncie, who died this week at age 60, evokes vivid memories of when he wore the black and gold for the New Orleans Saints and always had coaches, teammates and we sports writers guessing at when he might show up and what amazing feat he might pull off next.

Defense Beats Offense,10-2, in Ben Grubbs' Charity Softball Game
"That would be wonderful if it’s on there," a smiling Turner said when asked of the possibility of the play appearing on SportsCenter. "I could get my 15 seconds of fame. I want to try to see if I can get to number one! "I was just trying to show my team what I’ve got," Turner continued, half-jokingly, "so that when the season comes they know they can count on me."

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