New York Jets linebacker Jonathan Vilma has been granted permission by the team to seek a trade, essentially ending his career in the Meadowlands. Vilma is currently rehabbing from a knee injury that ended his 2008 season in week seven, but teams still appear to be interested in the former NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Though he has been given permission to arrange a trade, Vilma has been told that the Jets will not deal him to the New England Patriots, possibly in retaliation for the spygate scandal that has left a permanent mark on the Patriots 18*-1 season.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are believed to be among the teams interested in Vilma, as they recently hired former Jets defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson as an assistant.
Wide receiver Laveranues Coles also sought permission to find a trade out of New York, but the team denied his request, which is an indication that the club is working on a new contract to keep the receiver over the long-term.