Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/8/14
New_orleans_saints_1093

Conflicting reports regarding Jonathan Vilma surfaced today, as multiple news outlets released information claiming that the NFL had offered Vilma a reduced suspension for the upcoming season. The Saints’ starting middle linebacker was suspended for the entire season for his alleged involvement in the New Orleans bounty scandal, which also led to the suspension of head coach Sean Payton for this upcoming campaign, as we well as the indefinite suspension of former defensive coordinator Greg Williams, who is alleged to have been the orchestrator of the bounty program.

Vilma has since issued a lawsuit against the NFL and Roger Goodell for defamation and loss of wages, in the hopes of retaining a temporary restraining order, which would allow him to make a return to the Saints

ESPN reported that the NFL has offered Vilma a settlement deal which would reduce his season long suspension to eight games. The settlement would be contingent on Vilma dropping his lawsuits against the commissioner and the league. Information from ESPN personalities Chris Mortensen, Ed Werder, and Adam Schefter were used in the report.

The NFL has since addressed the reports, through a statement from Greg Aiello, the NFL VP of Communiucations. Will Brinson of CBS Sports cited the release as reading: "Today's report about a settlement offer by the league to Jonathan Vilma is completely inaccurate. No such settlement offer has been made. We will continue to respect the court proceedings on this matter and have no further comment at this time."

The deal could also affect the suspension lengths of Will Smith, Scott Fujita, and Anthony Hargrove, who were also punished for their roles in the bounty program.

If this deal is ever offered to Vilma, the linebacker would have the option to deny it, as he could potentially have the entire suspension lifted in U.S District Court. While the NFL has stated in the past their belief that they have a strong case against the suspended players, Brinson reports that the NFL fears the potential negatives of the legal battle with Vilma. If he were to accept the deal (if offered), Vilma could make his season debut in Week 9, when the Saints take on the Philadelphia Eagles in New Orleans.

USA Today reports that arguments from both sides in the case will continue to be heard in the U.S District Court, as judge Ginger Berrigan reconvenes the court on Friday.

Be sure to check out other great articles at Sports Media 101.

var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Athletics trade Derek Norris to Padres

Dodgers not happy with Padres GM over Matt Kemp trade

Mario Balotelli banned match for offensive Instagram post

Marc Trestman: Benching Jay Cutler could revive QB's career

Rob Gronkowski jokes about Tom Brady saying he's grown up

Rajon Rondo traded to Mavs for three players, picks

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Washington Post has perfect description for Titans-Jaguars

Wilbon angry at DC for not supporting Wizards

Urban Meyer says Tim Tebow still wants to play in the NFL

Keenan Lewis: Saints preparing 'funeral' for Falcons

Chris Christie defends being a Cowboys fan

Celtics co-owner: 2024 Olympics would be 'boon for Beantown'

Extremely rare set of Air Jordan 7s selling for $45,000

Five reasons why Alabama will win College Football Playoff

Hugh Freeze proud of Ole Miss’ record 2.57 team GPA

Youngstown St. addresses Bo Pelini's profanity-laced rant

It's been almost 40 years since NFL's last untelevised game

The NHL has finally fined a player for diving

Ben Roethlisberger: Le’Veon Bell is having an MVP season

Jim Harbaugh comments on the reported offer from Michigan

Michael Jordan's college Converse shoes sell for $33,387

Week 16 NFL game watchability rankings

Game of the week: Indianapolis Colts vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Chicago Bears are the Monstrosity of the Midway

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Gronk jokes about Brady compliment

In Matt Kemp, did the Dodgers find a pigeon in Padres?

Why the Saints are legit playoff threat

Impact of U.S.-Cuba relations on MLB

Andrew Hawkins, other athletes gain support for social statement attire

NBA's most underrated players

Michael Vick nearly debt-free

Dolphins CB rips Brady's career plans

Biggest winners of the MLB offseason

Brian Billick owns Browns fan

Pelini has profane words for Nebraska AD

When bowl results mean more for one school than another

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.