The NFL is making a major statement today as they are handing out the fines and suspensions for the Gregg Williams imposed “Bounty Systems” that have been in place for years. Most recently with the New Orleans Saints.
Today, the NFL has suspended Gregg Williams indefinitely meaning there is no timetable for his return. In addition for his part in the knowledge of the bounty program, New Orleans Saints HC Sean Payton has been suspended for the entire 2012 NFL season. General Manager Mickey Loomis has been suspended for 8 games and receives a 500,000.00 fine while the New Orleans Saints organization receives a 500K fine as well. In addition the Saints will lose their 2nd round picks in 2012 and 2013. They do not have a 2012 first round pick as they traded it to New England last year.
The fines are considerably high due to the nature of the events. The NFL has not however handed down any fines to the players who participated in the system as of the time of this writing.
Update: Assistant HC Joe Vitt was suspended for 6 games and received a 100K fine. Sean Payton’s suspension will begin April 1st so he will not be a part of the draft. Roger Goodell said he is still speaking with the NFLPA regarding players who were involved and that the discipline will come at a different time.
While the NFL was going crazy with suspensions, the Denver Broncos traded QB Tim Tebow to the N.Y. Jets for a 4th round pick. Tebow will more than likely cause a circus atmosphere in NY when Mark Sanchez begins to fail. You can also expect to see more “wild cat” packages from Tony Sparano…especially when they play Miami.
Update: The Tebow trade parameters are a 4th and 6th from NY and Tebow and a 7th from Denver