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NFL Shows Vilma New Evidence, Gregg Williams At The Center

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Former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams told the NFL that linebacker Jonathan Vilma offered $10,000 to any teammate who knocked quarterback Brett Favre out of the January 2010 NFC Championship Game, this according to an affidavit the NFL showed Vilma today.

Williams also acknowledged the Saints had a pay-for-performance pool funded by players, this according to the same affidavit. However, Williams told the league his defense never had the intent to injure, nor reward any play that the refs would deem as a penalty for an illegal hit. Perhaps the most attention-grabbing aspect of the story is that Williams just signed the affidavit on Friday.

Vilma met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell today to discuss his temporarily lifted suspension. While he wouldn’t acknowledge any details about the meeting, he said both sides spoke openly and without restraint. He also noted that the meeting was in the best interest of everyone involved.

Whether his suspension remains lifted or goes back into effect, Vilma said to “wait for Goodell.” He and Peter Ginsberg, his lawyer, expect to hear from Goodell in regards to his lifted suspension sometime in the next few weeks.

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