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By TIM YOTTER
The NFL's investigation into the New Orleans Saints was met with some expected fire from the Minnesota Vikings, who were beaten up by the Saints in the 2009 NFC Championship Game during Minnesota's 31-28 overtime loss.
The league concluded that Saints players, then-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and at least one assistant participated in a "pay for performance" program for three years that awarded "bounty" payments for "cart-offs" (meaning that the opposing player was carried off the field) and "knockouts" (meaning that the opposing player was not able to return to the game). Players were paid between 1,000 and 1,500, with those amounts as much as tripling during the playoffs, according to the NFL release on the investigation.
Vikings punter Chris Kluwe took to Twitter to express his outrage shortly after the story broke.
"Wow, I hadn't even seen the whole Saints Bountygate thing. (Expl...
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Former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper denied the findings of the NFL investigation that the team instituted a bounty program between 2009-11."It's ridiculous that someone is trying to say that we made bounties on knocking guys out," Sharper told NFL.com Friday.The safety played 22 games for the Saints during the 2009 and 2010 seasons."No, positively no...
METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints have placed the franchise tag on Drew Brees, giving them exclusive negotiating rights with their Pro Bowl quarterback for the next year. Brees has been involved in lengthy contract talks with the Saints and, without the tag, could have negotiated with other teams as a free agent. Team spokesman Greg Bensel said Saturday that the Saints were...
The news flying out of New Orleans today is hot and heavy. None hot and heavier than the NFL’s announcement that they have been investigating the New Orleans Saints for a bounty program to injure players under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.But that’s not all. The NFL’s investigation found Gregg Williams wasn’t running this program in secrecy. Sean Payton knew. GM Mickey...
Don't be shocked. Don't be surprised. Don't even ask how. Football, the false American dream, has struck again. That's all.
In 2009, we thought the New Orleans Saints were the cuddly, feel-good story of the NFL, winning the Super Bowl for a town that needed something to cheer for after Hurricane Katrina.
Turns out, according to an NFL investigation released Friday...
This probably won’t end well. Not verified, yet likely legit, Brett Favre has joined Twitter this afternoon. His first tweet came just after 2 p.m. EST via @BrettFavre4. He’s following three accounts: Donald Driver, ESPN & the NFL. Mark our words, this guy will have a gig on the WWL by the draft in April. No way he can possibly stay quiet through another summer. Few...
Still the Rams Man?
Let’s skip the formalities. The Saints are in some deep, deep sh*t. Bounties on players are never good. In fact, bounty is a loaded word. It’s mention in the 2012 NFL is downright disastrous for those so associated. What’s worst for ‘Nawlins is that this controversy is tailor-made for Roger Goodell — which means bad things for the the Saints. Bad things...
((HT: Fox8Live.com))It appears that the New Orleans Saints (or, at least, 22 to 27 of them, anyway) may have had an internally-funded bounty program that served as motivation for the players during the 2009, 2010, and 2011 season...DC Gregg Williams was always known as an aggressive guy, so this really isn't a surprise...But, seriously, the HQ asks: So what...??? And who doesn...
I think Drew Brees is great. We are in a fortunate era where at least three truly great quarterbacks are active right now (Brady, Brees, Rodgers, and I could probably get away with going on…), but, evidently the man who is in charge of keeping Brees a member of the Saints thinks I’m wrong.
I understand [...]
Oh, glorious day. It’s nice to know that things have slowed down enough for him to find the time to authorize one of his lackeys to register a Twitter account for him. I eagerly look forward to the many interesting updates from the Ol’ Gunslinger about how the John Deere lawnmower is running and how [...]
There is more to talk about than bounties with the New Orleans Saints.
As first reported by FOXSports.com NFL insider Jay Glazer, the Saints used their franchise tag Saturday afternoon on quarterback Drew Brees.
The move means that one of the league's top passers will remain in New Orleans for at least the 2012 NFL season. Profootballtalk.com reported that Brees was given the...
As paydays go, they weren't bad. A thousand bucks if your guy is carted off the field, $500 extra for a clean knockout.
End someone's season or career? Priceless.
There was a lot to like about the New Orleans Saints offering up cash for big hits. The scheme made for tougher players and helped them on a stirring playoff run that ended with their hands wrapped around the...
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said the deal is something he has been waiting for the entire seven years he has owned the team.
Gov. Mark Dayton, political leaders and the Minnesota Vikings unveiled a proposal Thursday to build a $975 million stadium for the team in downtown Minneapolis.