Saints waiting patiently to turn Vilma loose

For now, the Saints are being cautious with new LB Jonathan Vilma. Come September, they plan to make him the anchor of their new-look defense, writes Pat Yasinskas.

Originally Published: June 19, 2008
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com

Since his signing in late February, Jonathan Vilma has been held back by the New Orleans Saints. Come September, they're going to turn the linebacker loose.

After two years of captivity in New York, that's precisely what Vilma needs. After watching their defense keep them out of the playoffs last season, having Vilma roam the field might be exactly what the Saints need.

Nobody's really seen a glimpse of it yet because the Saints were extremely cautious with Vilma ...

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