Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/19/14

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 07: Jonathan Vilma of the New Orleans Saints against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
If and when Jonathan Vilma meets with Roger Goodell, the Saints linebacker should ask the commissioner a simple question: What is more dangerous, a symbolic, thousand-dollar bounty system or the Baltimore Ravens opening the season playing four NFL games in 17 days? The elimination of bounties will not stop one NFL defensive player from curb-stomping an opposing player if given the opportunity. Goodell's New Orleans witch hunt won't make the game safer. Would the elimination of Thursday night football enhance safety? I suspect one day a smart lawyer will argue that it would. But that day isn't here just yet, so Thursday night the Bears and the Packers kicked off the NFL's season-long money grab. Year 7 of Thursday night football will stretch across the entire NFL reason rather than just the second half. The Ravens opened the 2012 season on "Monday Night Football" and will play their fourth game on Thursday, Sept. 27, completing as grueling a stretch of t...
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