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Gregg Williams: Ex-Saints Coach & Bounties

March 5, 2012 by staff 

Gregg Williams: Ex-Saints Coach & Bounties, Two people familiar with the NFL’s investigation of bounties paid to New Orleans players say former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will meet with league security officials today.

The people, who spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because details of the continuing investigation are not being disclosed, could not specify where in the New York area the meeting will take place.

The NFL revealed its findings Friday that showed Saints players being paid for knocking opponents out of games. Williams, now the defensive coordinator in St. Louis, oversaw the program, and Saints coach Sean Payton knew about it.

Earlier Sunday, league spokesman Greg Aiello said in an e-mail to the Associated Press that the NFL will continue “addressing the issues raised as part of our responsibility to protect player safety and the integrity of the game.”

Those issues could include incidents from previous seasons, too.

Several players around the league have said the Saints and Williams weren’t the only ones with such a system. Former Redskins safety Matt Bowen said Williams had a similar bounty scheme when he was in Washington.

Aiello said the league would not comment on other reports. He added that the NFL will look at “any relevant info regarding rules being broken,” saying that is standard procedure.

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said Sunday that his team had no bounty program.

“I don’t take part in those things and nor do my teammates and nor my coaches. We don’t allow that,” said Suh, who was suspended for two games this past season for stomping on an opponent and has been fined frequently by the NFL for rough play.

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