Saints looking at free agents who could replace Vilma

As the only Saints player named specifically in the NFL’s news release announcing the punishments of Saints personnel involved in the team’s “bounty” program, LB Jonathan Vilma is likely in line for steep discipline, prompting the team to look at free agents who could fill in for the eight-year veteran.

Vilma’s contract and health have been something of a concern. If he ends up missing considerable time, then that’s all the more reason for the team to seek reinforcements.

The Saints have been looking for linebackers. They have been interested in Curtis Lofton in for a visit, and they also brought in David Hawthorne, an outside linebacker.

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