Highlighting why this won’t “just go away,” here’s a smattering of coverage, reaction and analysis from media outlets.
Former Saints tackle Kyle Turley, who left the team long before quarterback Drew Brees arrived, made an interesting point on Monday regarding Brees’ potential connection to the now-dismantled Bayou Bounty Bureau. What did Drew know, and when did he know it?
Giants quarterback Eli Manning has weighed in on the Saints’ bounty scandal. Manning, who was on the receiving end of a roughing the passer penalty when the Giants played the Saints last season, said Monday that he’s concerned about the stories that former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams bounties to players for knocking opponents out.
So when an NFL player is earning hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, why does the promise of another $1,000 or so provide any extra motivation? It’s a question that was addressed during Monday’s PFT Live.
Before Friday, NFL Network planned to televise the 2009 NFC title game between the Vikings and Saints at 3:00 p.m. ET on Monday. At some point after the NFL announced on Friday that the Saints had maintained in 2009, 2010, and 2011 a system of bounties that paid defensive players for injuring opponents, NFL Network replaced Vikings-Saints with the 1992 NFC title game between the Cowboys and 49ers.
[Editor's note: Due to confusion and contradictions and misinformation regarding the March 2 announcement by the league that the Saints had violated NFL rules through the use of a bounty program, it makes a lot of sense to post the full text of the league's release. It probably would have been smart to do it Friday. But it would have been dumb to not do it now simply because I now realize I should have done it then. And so the full text of the release from the NFL appears below, without edits or omissions.]
Former Colts and Bucs coach Tony Dungy joined PFT Live on Monday to talk about two of the hottest topics in the NFL: the status of Peyton Manning and the league’s discovery of a three-year bounty system in New Orleans.
We haven’t heard any public statements from Saints general manager Mickey Loomis or coach Sean Payton after Friday’s revelation about the NFL’s investigation into the team’s bounty program, but signs continue to be strong that they have the support of owner Tom Benson.
Former Saints safety Darren Sharper has worked as a guest analyst for NFL Network, the TV operation owned and operated by the league. But Sharper may never get another invitation again, if he continues to openly dispute the findings that the NFL already has made regarding the bounty system that the Saints used …
Steve Young isn’t only a Hall of Fame quarterback. He’s also a lawyer. And in his legal opinion, the bounty scandal in New Orleans is outrageous, egregious, preposterous. Young said on ESPN today that he believes a player who was injured against the Saints during the three years that defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was running…
There was plenty of information about the Saints bounty program bouncing around over the weekend and one of the biggest was that Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma reportedly offered $10,000 to any defender who could knock Brett Favre out of the 2009 NFC Championship Game.