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Saints | Jonathan Vilma offered deal

The NFL has offered to reduce New Orleans Saints LB Jonathan Vilma's year-long suspension to eight games as part of ongoing settlement talks involving the league, the NFL Players Association and legal representatives for the four players who were suspended for their alleged participation in the team's bounty program from 2009-2011, according to sources familiar with the discussions. The league's offer was made late last week but it is conditional upon Vilma dropping a civil lawsuit charging commissioner Roger Goodell with defamation of character, sources said. Vilma has expressed his strong feelings about his tainted reputation. Settlement talks are expected to continue Monday, Aug. 6, and sources say that the next scheduled appearance before U.S. District Court Judge Ginger Berrigan Friday, Aug. 10, could serve as a soft deadline to reach a settlement.

2012-08-06 04:45:26 | Source: ESPN.com

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