This morning, ESPN reported that New Orleans Saints' linebacker Jonathan Vilma had been offered a deal that would cut his year-long suspension from the NFL in half. Sources suggest that the league proposed the deal with hopes of Vilma dropping his defamation lawsuit against commissioner Roger Goodell.
The NFL denies the claim and calls it "completely inaccurate", according to NFL spokesman, Greg Ailleo. If these reports of a deal are true, this won't be the only bargain the NFL will have to make.
If Jonathan Vilma is granted a deal that would reduce his suspension from sixteen games to eight, expect Anthony Hargrove, Will Smith, Scott Fujita, and head coach Sean Payton to all file suits against Commissioner Goodell as well. The domino effect will limit each party's punishment laid down by Goodell. After all, didn't he defame all of these men?
With all of the lawsuits against the NFL right now due to players' safety, it is likely the bargain would be ...