Might Dominik Look At Vilma Again?January 21st, 2012
If one is to believe noted NFL scribe Peter King, of Sports Illustrated, Bucs general manager Mark Dominik was on the trail of then free agent middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma back when the Bucs were searching for impact free agents before the 2009 season.
And given that Dominik sent Barrett Ruud out of town against the stated desires of Raheem Morris, one can hardly doubt King’s report about Vilma.
Now it seems Dominik might have another crack at 29-year-old Vilma, who has three Pro Bowls on his resume (two with the Saints) and is known as a leader and team captain. The Bucs are desperate for a rock in their linebacking corps and Vilma could be a salary cap “causalty” of the Saints offseason, so wrote ESPN NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas during a live chat Friday.
Kirk (Myrtle Beach): Who do you think will be the biggest cap casualty in the NFC South?
Pat Yasinskas: Jonathan Vilma or Will Smith wouldn’t surprise me. Not saying either one definitely happens. But they wouldn’t surprise me.
Per Rotoworld.com, Vilma is scheduled to earn $5.4 million in 2012. However, he played nearly the entire 2011 season with a bad knee, which needed midseason surgery that he later returned from.
Is Vilma healthy? Will he be? Joe has no clue. But if he is recovered and is cut by the Saints, Joe can’t imagine any new head coach thumbing his nose at Vilma, especially if the Bucs stick with a 4-3 defense. Mason Foster might be better suited as an outside linebacker anyway.
Just something Joe will file away in the back of his mind.