Ok – so nobody has talked about this and I am profootballtalk.com-ing, if you will, right now (in other words, I’m trying to spread a rumor). I think this makes sense. I know he was injured last year, and has had trouble adapting to the Jets defensive scheme. And, I know he is a middle linebacker. Still, I am convinced he’d be an upgrade from Poppinga and we probably wouldn’t have to give up much to get him. A couple years ago, Vilma was a top 5 NFL linebacker and at age 25, I am doubtful his talent has eroded much since that time.
I also wouldn’t mind picking up Dwayne Robertson from the Jets – another of their players apparently on the trading block. Having he and Pickett plug up the middle could render opponent running games useless. And, both he and Pickett have shown some unique ability to get to the quarterback despite their massiveness.