According to David Elfin of 106.7 the Fan in D.C., former Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams put out a $15,000 bounty on former Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson.
“Gregg came in and dropped $15,000 on the (table) and said, ‘Brad Johnson doesn’t finish this game. This is Wednesday and the money will go up later in the week. It could double or triple by the end of the week,’ “one of the players recalled. “A couple of guys kinda got excited. (Defensive line coach) Greg Blache said per Elfin, ‘If you get fined, it will be taken care of.’
The player also said that the player didn’t take Williams that seriously.
“We just wanted to go out and play hard,” he said. “We weren’t looking to injure a guy. But Gregg’s one of the best defensive coaches in football and a great motivator. Players are very loyal to him. He probably had an effect on the young guys like (late safety) Sean Taylor, who he had drafted so high and who he really believed in.”
“I can’t say for sure it was $15,000, but I definitely remember that happening before that Minnesota game,” said a second anonymous player.. “And I can’t say for sure that those were G-Dub’s exact words about Brad Johnson, but that was certainly the message. I had never heard anything like that before from a coach, but I wasn’t shocked because that was G-Dub’s character, so in your face. His language was always X-rated and our meetings were usually pretty nuts.”
The anonymous player also said that the same thing happened for a playoff game the year before.
“The same thing happened before our playoff game the year before against Seattle,” the player said. “Gregg wanted us to get (Seahawks MVP running back) Shaun Alexander. Now it happened that (linebacker LaVar Arrington) knocked Shaun out of the game, but he was just playing hard. Unless it’s a free shot at the quarterback, you have a really hard time trying to hurt a guy when you’re making a play on the ball.”
The scary thing is that as time goes on more and more stories will come out. In the end it could put an end to Williams’ NFL career as a coach.