New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees posted a letter to his fans on his website denying any knowledge of the team's bounty system - which was conducted over the last three seasons.
"There is no place in the National Football League, or any sport played at any level, for players to conspire, to be coerced, or to be incentivized to intentionally injure another player," Brees wrote. "I did not participate in any Bounty program, nor did I have any knowledge relating to its real existence.
"I have spent the last several years as an Executive Committee Member of the NFLPA making health and safety a priority and I am proud of the advancements we've made and will continue to make."
The Saints won their lone Super Bowl in 2009, which is the first year that the NFL has claimed that the team effectively used bounties as incentive to injure opposing players.
Brees set NFL single-season records with 478 completions, 5,476 passing yards and a completion percentage of 71.2 last season.