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The $10,000 Saints bounty

Posted on: March 2, 2012 5:33 pm
By now you've heard about the Saints and Bountygate. Specific examples are leaking from the many pieces of evidence gathered by the NFL. Here is one from an NFL source:

At times, the NFL says, players both pledged significant amounts of money for bounties and targeted specific players. Prior to a Saints game in January of 2010 Jonathan Vilma, a team captain, offered $10,000 in cash to any player who knocked quarterback Brett Favre out of the game.

Favre was blasted in that game.

More of these will leak in the coming days in what is turning out to be a scandal bigger than Spygate.
Category: NFL
Tags: Saints

Since: Aug 11, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:09 pm

The $10,000 Saints bounty

While I totally understand the legality of this I find it hard understand what could be done to stop such a thing? I say this meaning if the players offered up a pool of there own money what could anyone do in reality? Now if the organization offered up money it takes a whole new meaning with salary cap implications. While everyone and their Grandmothers will be getting on the Saints in the coming weeks I ask myself one question; as Greg Williams is now mouthing off well after the fact it proves to me that this is common in the NFL. All of these players and coach’s are long time NFL people it’s not their first stop in New Orleans. Let’s clear up one more thing if anyone thinks the outcome of the Viking game would have been any different without this knowledge; quite frankly those people can’t think with a clear mind. 

Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:58 pm

The $10,000 Saints bounty

Think about it.  The Saints barely got past the Vikes in that championship game.  Do you think they would have won the game without the several illegal hits?  If this activity happens in society and outside the game, it would be a felony with the convicted parties facing significant jail time.  I wonder how Vilma would look in an orange jumpsuit?  If a college program does something significantly against NCAA rules, they often times forfeit games and/or titles.  Let's give the Saints' Superbowl title to the Colts...or better yet, the Vikes.

Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:33 pm


How is this different than a player having an incentive clause in his contract paying him for getting a certain number of sacks ... which is perfectly OK with the league office?
Is there really a difference between a 300 lb man running full speed tackling a QB from behind with the intent to drive him to the ground and make him drop the ball... and a 300 lb man running full speed tackling a QB from behind with the intent to drive hm to the ground and injure him?  

Since: Sep 27, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:32 pm

The $10,000 Saints bounty

What a scumbag organization

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:14 pm

The $10,000 Saints bounty

just to remind everyone not a single saint was fined by the league for any hit during the 2009 playoffs. 2 personal foul penalties were called in the vikes game and none in the cards game and both favre and warner despite being hit did finish both games on the field.seems to me what the saints did was what every defense tries to do put pressure on and hit the QB. The bounties were against NFL rules and poor judgement but the motivation was what every defense tries to do.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:06 pm

The $10,000 Saints bounty

Thsi is certainly HUGE news.  But I don't see Jonathan Vilma being the single scapegoat.  The Saints were running a dirty shop.  Things I've heard long after the Buddy Ryan "Bounty Bowl" for the Eagles on Cowboys kickers seem to have been bourne out.  I wonder if this is something ALL the teams do to some extent?  That doesn't make it OK.  But I wonder...?  It might be a tough start for the Rams if their DC is banned for the year.

Since: Sep 11, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 8:58 pm

The $10,000 Saints bounty

Vilma should be arrested and prosecuted , if i pay someone to go and knock you out .. I am going to get arrested. As i should and he should also be prosecuted and suspended from the NFL. For life !!!

Since: Dec 31, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 6:11 pm

The $10,000 Saints bounty

This one actually affected who got into the Super Bowl!  If the Saints had not hit Brett Favre after the whistle and away from the play repeatedly they probably would not have won the NFC championship.  This is bigger than spygate.  You are right, mhags33, that comparing the two is "ridiculous."  This one is much worse.

Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 6:08 pm

The $10,000 Saints bounty

I agree, suspend Vilma for a year.

Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 5:51 pm

The $10,000 Saints bounty

Suspend Vilma for a year, and that hopefully will be the end of his career. That kind of stuff just cannot happen. The Saints will pay dearly.

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