Found May 03, 2012 on Players View:
PLAYERS: Drew Brees
TEAMS: New Orleans Saints
NEW ORLEANS- With the current state of the franchise, Drew Brees should be able to walk in the front office with a list of demands and have them met on sight. The Saints are having a problem with cap space argument doesn’t wash when a large chunk of that is tied into Brees franchise tag. Lift the tag, work out the deal that he wants and be done with it. Days before Bounty Gate broke, the biggest guffaw in Gumbo Land were the comments that GM Mickey Loomis made about Brees. Please click the link below to read the rest of this story and watch compelling press conference footage from a recent event with Drew Brees.

Jonathan Vilma Embracing His Bountygate Role on Twitter ' Jon Vilma Can' (Photos)

You would think that a guy who was in a huge vat of hot water with the NFL for his role in a bounty program would like to distance himself as far from the situation as possible until it was all settled, right? Apparently not according to Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who was suspended by the league for an entire season on Wednesday for his role in the ongoing Saints bounty scandal...

Report: Saints' Ingram has knee surgery

A person with knowledge of the surgery says New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his knee. The surgery was performed Thursday, the person says on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced it. The prognosis is for Ingram to return well before training camps open at the end of July. Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner...

NFLPA statement on Saints bounty penalties

Text Wednesday of the statement issued by NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith on penalties issued by the NFL for players involved in the New Orleans Saints' pay-for-performance/bounty program: After seeing the NFL's decision letters, the NFLPA has still not received any detailed or specific evidence from the league of these specific players' involvement in an alleged...

Saints Nation: Is Mark Ingram Injury Prone?

Very unexpected news hit the Saints team yesterday when Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that running back Mark Ingram underwent knee surgery that will keep him out 6 weeks and out of mini camps. While Ingram is supposed to be back healthy in time for training camp, his health issues are starting to become a little worrisome. You'll remember he spent an extensive portion of the...

Vilma vows to fight one-year suspension and to clear his name

New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who was suspended Wednesday for the 2012 season by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for Vilma's reported involvement in the Saints' bounty scandal, vows to clear his name. In a statement released late Wednesday afternoon through the offices of his attorney, Mitch Frankel, and agent Tony Fleming, Vilma intends on clearing his name and...

NFL suspends 4 players for Saints' bounties

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma was suspended without pay for the entire 2012 season by the NFL, one of four players punished Wednesday for participating in the team's cash-for-hits bounty system. Defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, now with the Green Bay Packers, was suspended for the first half of this season; Saints defensive end Will Smith was barred for the...

Counsel: bounty payments were made

A former U.S. attorney hired by the NFL to evaluate its investigation of the New Orleans Saints' bounty program says the evidence shows payments were handed out and received for some hits on targeted opponents. Mary Jo White says Thursday in a conference call that evidence in the league's investigation of the three-year bounty system provided ''an unusually strong...

Goodell brings down suspensions on Saints

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended four Saints players for their roles in “bountygate,” with LB Jonathan Vilma receiving the stiffest punishment.

Jonathan Vilma Suspended for the Season for his part in Bounty Scandal

Jonathan Vilma was one of four players to suspended by commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL for their part in the New Orleans Saints Bounty Scandal organized by Gregg Williams. Vilma received the stiffest punishment of the group (1 year) while the others ranged from 3-8 games.

Eli Manning agrees with Roger Goodell’s player punishment for bounty scandal

As New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning prepares to host NBC’s Saturday Night Live, he took some time to address the player suspensions that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell handed down on Wednesday. “I think he’s doing the right thing to make sure this doesn’t ever happen again,” Manning said. “There’s no room for any type of bounty system in the N.F.L. You have...

NFLPA Lawyer isn’t impressed with league’s evidence for bounty suspensions

Sit back and relax.  Get comfortable.  We’re gonna be here awhile. It appears that the NFLPA’s outside attorney is not impressed with the evidence he heard presented by the league to support their suspensions of four New Orleans Saints players for their roles in the ongoing bounty scandal.  Attorney Richard Smith has responded to a [...]

Pasquarelli: Saints in a climate of hubris?

The players suspended in the bounty scandal had previously provided upstanding leadership and direction, Len Pasquarelli writes, but were players like Jonathan Vilma caught up in a culture of ignoring the rules and pushing forward under Gregg Williams’ hubris?
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