The NFL has contacted New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and has offered to reduce his suspension from one year to just eight games.

There is only one condition, Vilma would have to drop his civil lawsuit against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

ESPN is reporting:

The NFL has offered to reduce New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma's year-long suspension to eight games as part of ongoing settlement talks involving the league, the NFL Players Association and legal representatives for the four players who were suspended for their alleged participation in the team's bounty program from 2009-2011, according to sources familiar with the discussions.

The league's offer was made late last week but it is conditional upon Vilma dropping a civil lawsuit charging commissioner Roger Goodell with defamation of character, sources said. Vilma has expressed his strong feelings about his tainted reputation.

Settlement talks are expected to continue Monday and sources say that Friday's next scheduled appearance before U.S. District Court Judge Ginger Berrigan could serve as a soft deadline to reach a settlement.


Now it is up to Vilma to either take the deal or head to court.  Stayed tuned.

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