New Orleans is the center of the latest, greatest controversy in the NFL as it has been uncovered by an NFL investigation that the Saints, led by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, paid bounties out to players on defense for injuring opponents. Brett Favre, not to anyone’s surprise, was obviously a target during the 2009 NFC Championship game.
Now, I’m really not that surprised, shocked, and quite honestly not all that upset.
Bounties have long been rumored to be a part of the NFL, and the Saints were just dumb enough to get caught. I think bounties are likely an unspoken truth similar to taping opponents signals (spygate) and tampering just prior to free agency.
Still, being dumb enough to get caught partaking in such a barbaric practice means you must be punished. Rumor has it that punishments could include cash fines, suspensions, and the loss of draft picks.
I have a better idea, but the league needs to act fast.
Take away their right to use a franchise tag this year. If you do that, then Drew Brees might just hit the open market, which would surely doom the franchise to years of awful play at the quarterback position.
There, I said it.