29th February 2008
Rare double post today, but I thought these moves deserve some attention. Let's start with Vilma.
According to the New York Times, the Jets received a 2009 4th round pick from the Saints, that could become a third round pick if Vilma reaches certain incentives. In general, the cost of a pick in round X this year is a pick in round X-1 next year; so you could look at this as if it's really a 2008 4th or 5th round pick -- in other words, not very much. Vilma was the defensive rookie of the year in 2004 and made the Pro Bowl in 2005, but has obviously seen his stock drop since then. He underachieved in 2006 and played poorly last year before suffering a season ending knee injury. It's unclear if Vilma will ever return to form, and there's been speculation that it will be two years before Vilma is at full speed -- and who knows exactly what that means for him anymore. Considering he's in the last year of his contract, he certainly wasn't going to command a lot in the trade market.
Nearly everyone blames Vilma's failures in '06 and '07 on the 3-4 defense Eric Mangini installed. I'm not convinced that's accurate, though.