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Sean Payton: Jonathan Vilma still fits

Updated: February 13, 2013, 4:37 PM ET
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The New Orleans Saints' plans to transition to a 3-4 defense under new coordinator Rob Ryan would seem to be bad news for linebacker Jonathan Vilma, a prototypical 4-3 middle linebacker, but coach Sean Payton said Tuesday he believes that the veteran can make the switch.

Vilma, who was a key member of the Jets' defense early in his career, was pushed out of New York when the Jets switched to a 3-4 under former coach Eric Mangini and decided he no longer fit the scheme. Vilma injured ...

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