New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Fujita (55) and linebacker Jonathan Vilma (51) celebrate against the New York Jets at the Louisiana Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-US PRESSWIRE

NFL targeting Will Smith, Jonathan Vilma, and Scott Fujita in “Bounty” program

The NFL is not done yet handing out punishment for the New Orleans Saints bounty program, as they will be targeting Will Smith, Jonathan Vilma, and Scott Fujita as “on-field” leaders of the system.

Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma are both starters on the Saints defense, and several years ago so was linebacker Scott Shanle before a move to the Cleveland Browns.

Yesterday the NFL suspended Saints head coach Sean Payton for one year, but also suspended GM Mickey Loomis for eight games and assistant head coach Joe Vitt for six games.

Up to 26-players could face possible suspensions for their involvement in the bounty program, and currently the NFL is working closely with the NFLPA to determine the best course of action.

It’s clear however that the league will start the suspensions with Smith, Vilma, and Fujita.

The Saints are currently trying to come up with a contingency plan for life without Payton, and now must deal with perhaps losing two key defense starters simultaneously.

Over recent weeks the Saints have met with several free agent linebackers — Curtis Lofton, Joe Mays, and David Hawthorne — in an attempt to replace Vilma on the roster perhaps indefinitely.

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  • larryjames836

    NFL Commissioner do what you been doing you’ll don’t need know on kicking dirt on Saints. The NFL Commissioner didn’t want to hear what the NFLPA had to say before you’ll drop the first bomb on the staff so what’re the big deal now. Rogers Goodell you just want to show the NFL you have big ball you just remember this us fans pay your salary, and for all you NFL players fans is what keep the money rolling. So big shot caller Roger Goodell don’t involve no one else in your mess do it yourself.

  • larryjames836

    The way it’s looking we might be in a bad spot to play this season might just end the New Orleans Saints period the way things are going might just need to wrap it up.