Source: Saints lock up Vilma

Updated: February 28, 2009, 2:30 AM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The New Orleans Saints signed middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma to a five-year, $34 million deal that included $17 million in guarantees, according to a souce.

The Tampa Bay Bucaneers had been trying to lure Vilma out of New Orleans after the start of free agency Friday morning. The Saints faxed a contract extension offer Friday morning and talks heated up all day Friday.

Vilma became a free agent after his first season in New Orleans. He led the Saints with 151 tackles and three forced ...

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