The NFL is releasing some wild news today about the New Orleans Saints and how their defense had a ‘bounty’ fund. Saints players were given extra incentive to knock opposing guys out!
Here is a note from Adam Schefter’s latest article about the situation:
According to the investigation, the players regularly contributed cash into a pool and received improper cash payments of two kinds from the pool, based on their play in the previous week’s game.
Payments were made for plays such as interceptions and fumble recoveries. But the program also included “bounty” payments for “cart-offs,” meaning that the opposing player was carried off the field, and “knockouts,” meaning that the opposing player was not able to return.
The investigation showed that the total amount of funds in the pool may have reached $50,000 or more at its height during the 2009 playoffs. The program paid players $1,500 for a “knockout” and $1,000 for a “cart-off,” with payouts doubling or tripling during the playoffs.
This is just DIRTY!!!! Not Dirty like Dielman either!
This program was held from 2009-2011 and I had to look back to see if we had suffered any significant injuries against the Saints during this time:
We last played against them in 2010 during preseason and the only injuries we suffered were on our defensive side of the ball. Ogemdi Nwagbuo left the game and his return was questionable and Antoine Cason also left the game with his return questionable.
The last time we played the Saints in the regular season was in 2008 in the game out in London. The only injury we had in that game was on the defensive side also with Quentin Jammer going down and his return questionable.
It doesn’t seem that the Saints defense was able to take out any of our offensive players. So we dodged a bullet. Kris Dielman probably would have killed one of those defenders if they took a cheap shot on LaDainian Tomlinson or Philip Rivers also! (Another reason we will miss Dielman)
Now, remember those nasty pics of Brett Favre after getting beat up by the Saints in the playoffs? I wonder how much bonus money players got that day?
OR do you remember the hit that they put out on Kurt Warner?