NFL commissioner Roger Goodell came down hard on the New Orleans Saints for paying bounties on opposing players. The punishment:
- Indefinite suspension of former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams
- One-year suspension of coach Sean Payton
- Eight-game suspension of general manager Mickey Loomis
- Six-game suspension of assistant-head coach Joe Vitt
- A $500,000 franchise fine
- Forfeiture of second-round draft picks in 2012 and 2013
- Future discipline of individual players to be determined
The NFL also confirmed that the Saints had a bounty on Vikings QB Brett Favre in the NFC championship game and on Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in the 2011 season opener.
Here’s more on the Rodgers’ bounty:
“Further, prior to the Saints’ opening game in 2011, Coach Payton received an email from a close associate that stated in part, “PS Greg Williams put me down for $5000 on Rogers (sic).” 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.”
Thanks to the Saints being docked a second-round pick, the Packers will move up one spot in the second round of this year’s draft, jumping from 60th overall to pick No. 59.