The Saints have signed linebacker Jonathan Vilma to a five year deal worth $34 million.
The deal includes $17 million in guarantees.
Vilma , acquired via trade from the New York Jets, led the Saints in tackles in 2008.
The Saints could not re-sign Vilma before the start of free agency. If they did, they would have to give the Jets a second round pick. That pick was already sent to the Giants in the Jeremy Shockey trade. So, the Saints would have to send their first round pick to the Giants.