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Saints fans tell Vilma to stay the course


While ESPN reports the NFL has offered Jonathan Vilma a deal that could reduce his year-long suspension, the NFL denies making any offer.

According to ESPN, the league offered to cut Vilma's suspension to eight games if Vilma drops his civil lawsuit accusing Commissioner Roger Goodell with defamation of character.

The offer is reportedly part of ongoing settlement talks involving the league, the NFL Players Association and lawyers for the four players suspended for their participation in a bounty program.

Monday, NFL's Senior VP of Communications Greg Aiello issued a statement saying, "today's report about a settlement offer by the league to Jonathan Vilma is completely inaccurate. No such settlement offer has been made. We will continue to respect the court proceedings on this matter and have no further comment at this time."

Whether a deal is on the table or off, there are differing reactions this afternoon as to what Vilma should do.

Some say Vilma should stay the course, others say he should take any offer that could get him back on the field.

"I think he should keep fighting because I don't think it's right,' says Raymond Perry.

Some published reports say the deal was offered but taken off the table after it went public. If Goodell stays true to his word and denies that a deal was ever offered, the stage is set for a big court hearing in New Orleans Federal Court on Friday where all the issues could be placed firmly on the table.

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