Saints Coaching Staff Knew About Players Participating in Bounty Program?

Remember back in the late 1980?s when Philadelphia Eagles head coach Buddy Ryan put a bounty on Dallas Cowboys kicker Luis Zendejas? We don’t know if it was for his awful rapping in “Buddy’s Watching You,” but it could/should have been. LB Jesse Small got a good lick on Zendejas and everyone found out about the bounty and well…it didn’t go over well.

Now, we have another potential problem with bounties and it involves the New Orleans Saints. According to Adam Schefter, there was a coach involved and more than a few players starting back in 2010 (at least that’s when the NFL’s investigation started), when Gregg Williams was the defensive coordinator.

“NFL security determined between 22 and 27 defensive players on the Saints, as well as at least one asst. coach, maintained a bounty program,” Schefter tweets.

Apparently, Williams was targeting players like Brett Favre and Kurt Warner.

The NFL has characterized the situation as a “pay for performance” deal, with players getting $1,500 for knockouts and $1,000 if the offensive player was carted off the field.

Nope, this isn’t going to end well. Except the NFL to drop the hammer here. The Saints already don’t have a first-round pick this year, but the league could take picks from them this year, as well as next year’s first rounder. I don’t know that for a fact, but I wouldn’t be surprised.