The definitions of a bounty reads: a premium or reward, especially one offered by a government. In the New Orleans Saints case the reward was money given to defensive players after big hits, also known as “Bounty Gate”, of which Drew Brees claims no knowledge.
New Orleans is in a world of hurt as they are currently the poster team for the NFL’s sudden crisis and it’s dirtiest little secret — that players actually rewards themselves for big plays, and big hits.
In the Saints case the program was facilitated by former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams who awarded players for these big plays, but also for “knock out” and “cart off” hits, which need no further explanation.
The Saints got caught red handed, but the reality is most every team in the NFL utilizes such a system in one form or the other.
However it’s the Saints that will be made an example of in all this, and penalties will be of the severe kind.
Suspensions, fines, and of course the forfeiture of draft picks are all expected to be handed down to the Saints by commissioner Roger Goodell, who wants to send a clear message that bounties will not be tolerated in the National Football League.
Up to now quarterback Drew Brees, the un-questions leader of the Saints, has remained silent about the allegations.
He of course has likely been distracted by his ongoing contract negotiations, but more importantly was also waiting for the dust to settle before speaking out.
Brees has been with the Saints since 2006, changed the culture, delivered the franchises first ever Super Bowl win, and firmly cements New Orleans as one of the best teams in the NFL year after year.
On top of Brees heavy influence over the Saints he is also a member of the NFLPA’s executive committee, composed of current and former players, that help advance player rights and programs, but more importantly stress player safety above all.