It has been announced Wednesday that the NFL is suspending former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams indefinitely and Saints head coach Sean Payton for one year because of the team’s bounty program.
The league also is suspending Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis for the 2012 season’s first eight regular-season games, and Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt for the first six regular-season games, the NFL said in a news release.
In addition, the Saints will be fined $500,000 and forfeit their second-round selections in the 2012 and 2013 NFL drafts, the league said.
Investigation and its findings.
After an investigation conducted by the NFL’s security department, the league announced on March 2nd that 22 to 27 of the Saints’ defensive players maintained a “pay for performance” program that included “bounty” payments administered by then-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams during the 2009 (the year the Saints won the Super Bowl), 2010 and 2011 seasons.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated, “The payments here are particularly troubling because they involved not just payments for ‘performance,’ but also for injuring opposing players.”
The report also found that head coach Sean Payton was aware of the allegations but failed to stop the program. The league also said that Mickey Loomis, the Saints’ general manager, was directed to end the program by owner Tom Benson, but didn’t.
“Tebow-mania gets GangGreen“
Following Peyton Manning‘s move to Denver to replace Tim Tebow as head QB for the Denver Broncos, it was also announced that The New York Jets have traded a fourth-round pick to acquire Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, therefore moving Tebow-mania to the NY/NJ Sports market.
NBCNewYork.com is reporting that Tebow will mainly serve as a backup and/or a Wildcat role for current QB Mark Sanchez who was resigned to a three-year extension, a $40.5 million deal with $20.5 million guaranteed. The Jets were originally considered to be a long shot in the Tebow race but word among the Jets that Tebow would be a boom for the locker room and also a valid replacement for Brad Smith in an offensive role. Smith was traded to the Buffalo Bills.