Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 3/21/12
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- As part of the NFL's findings in the "Bounty" case against the New Orleans Saints, the league included that a Saints player was going to be paid 5,000 to take out Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. In the NFL's 2,000-plus word statement on the heavy suspensions levied against the New Orleans organization, one section specifically mentioned a "close associate" e-mailing Saints head coach Sean Payton that he would get paid 5,000 to hurt Rodgers. That was prior to the Packers-Saints season-opening game in the 2011 season. "PS Greg Williams put me down for 5000 on Rogers," the email said that was sent to Payton at the time. According to the NFL, "when shown the email during the course of the investigation, Coach Payton stated that it referred to a "bounty" on Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers." Gregg Williams, the Saints' defensive coordinator at the time who is now with the St. Louis Rams, has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL, effective immediately. Commissioner Roger Goodell will review Williams' status at the end of the 2012 season "and consider whether to reinstate him, and, if so, on what terms." In addition to Williams' indefinite suspension, Payton has been suspended without pay for the entire 2012 season. Additionally, Saints general manager Mickey Loomis is suspended without pay for the first eight regular-season games this season. Plus, the Saints have been fined 500,000 and will forfeit their second-round draft picks in 2012 and 2013. According to the NFL's statement, former Packers quarterback Brett Favre had a 10,000 bounty out on him, an amount that Saints defensive captain Jonathan Vilma offered to any player who knocked out the then-Vikings quarterback in the 2010 NFC championship game. After that game, Saints defensive players were given a total of 30,000 in fines for four separate illegal hits, "several of which were directed against quarterback Brett Favre." In each of the past three seasons, the Saints were among the top five teams in the NFL in roughing-the-passer penalties. In response to the suspensions and mentions of targeting Rodgers, Packers offensive lineman T.J. Lang posted on Twitter: "Saints got what they deserved." Follow Paul Imig on Twitter.
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