A tough week for the New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees gets the tag instead of a contract and the defense is called out by the NFL for violation of the Bounty Rule. Here's "What They are Saying" about the future of the Saints:
Sean Payton deserves to get fired. Mickey Loomis does, too. New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson should strongly consider canning his head coach and general manager for their stupidity and arrogance, if for nothing else.
By not signing Drew Brees to an acceptable long-term deal, he now has more leverage, but he's even less likely to use it.
The NFL says it will crack down on the New Orleans Saints who had a bounty fund which rewarded players for hurting opponents. But big hits are just a part of the job National Football League players are being paid good money to maim each other.
The New Orleans Saints have had a pretty busy week, what with "BountyGate" and all, but they managed to find the time to make one major personnel move -- on Saturday, the team placed the franchise tag on quarterback Drew Brees.
The NFL will investigate allegations that the Washington Redskins had a bounty program to reward players with money for jarring hits when Gregg Williams coached the team's defense between 2004 and 2007, a league official said Saturday.
It shouldn't come as a surprise, because every defensive player who's worked under Gregg Williams' tutelage will likely be caught up, but Scott Fujita has reportedly been implicated in the New Orleans Saints bounty investigation.
Instead of announcing they had placed the franchise tag on quarterback Drew Brees, they should have scheduled a news conference to announce they had signed Brees to a new contract.
The rules of morality are slippery and without straight borders. It's OK to kill a mouse in your house, for instance, but is it OK to kill a raccoon? If not, why not?
When Roger Goodell metes out what is expected to be harsh punishment for a New Orleans Saints bounty system that represents perhaps the most blatant violation of football ethics under his watch, the NFL commissioner might borrow that phrase from the book of aggression authored by former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
The NFL is considering severe, sweeping disciplinary measures in the New Orleans Saints' bounty case that could include lengthy suspensions of Coach Sean Payton, General Manager Mickey Loomis, former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and player leaders of the scheme, a person familiar with the deliberations said Sunday.
The New Orleans Saints placed their franchise tag on star quarterback Drew Brees. This means that two time pro bowl guard Carl Nicks will head to free agency. According to Mike Florio, from Pro Football Talk, the Saints have not yet offered Nicks a new contract.
"At times, players both pledged significant amounts and targeted particular players,'' the memo said. "For example, prior to a Saints playoff game in January 2010, defensive captain Jonathan Vilma offered $10,000 in cash to any player who knocked Favre out of the game.''
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