Donning a grey suit and green tie, Tim Tebow addressed the New York media for the first time as a Jets quarterback on Monday. “Good to see all of you all — a lot of people here,” Tebow said. “It’s such an honor for me to be here. I’m so excited to be a Jet.” “I’d like to thank the Broncos … thank my teammates. Just looking forward to my time in New York and my time as a Jet.”
The NFL Players Association has a new president and executive committee. What it doesn’t have is an idea when it will conclude its investigation into the New Orleans Saints and Bountygate. People at this weekend’s annual union meetings said they don’t expect the inquiry to be completed sooner than next week … and it could be longer, maybe much longer. The NFLPA wants to talk to all persons involved in the scandal, including the 22 to 27 players who allegedly participated, before returning to commissioner Roger Goodell. It already interviewed some of those players, sources said, but it won’t be satisfied until its investigation is complete — and that will take time.
Although Lofton and Vilma have excelled at the middle linebacker spot throughout their careers, Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo told Lofton that he sees both players as versatile, and that the Saints just want to load up their defense with as many good players as they can. Lofton said he doesn’t know Vilma that well personally, other than their mutual respect as competitors. But he said former Falcons teammate Spencer Adkins, who knew Vilma since they were both former Miami Hurricanes, would often compare Lofton to Vilma because of their similar competitive drive.
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is attending the NFL owners meetings one week before he begins his one-season suspension for his involvement in the team’s bounty program. Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis, who will serve an eight-game suspension later this year for the system that paid Saints players for big hits on targeted players, were at Commissioner Roger Goodell’s state of the league address Monday morning. Neither Payton nor Loomis made any comments, but a team spokesman said Payton would speak later this week.
The NFL last week levied sanctions against the Saints and four current and former coaches and club officials – fining the franchise $500,000 and the loss of second-round selections in the 2012 and 2013 drafts, and suspending head coach Sean Payton (one season), linebackers coach Joe Vitt (six games), former defensive coordinator and bounty ringleader Gregg Williams (indefinitely) and general manager Mickey Loomis (eight games) – for the bounties.
There’s no clear-cut timeline for when Gregg Williams possibly can resume his NFL coaching career, but Commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly has detailed a path back to the league for the disgraced St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator. “I will review your status at the conclusion of the 2012 season and consider whether, and if so, on what terms, you may be reinstated and again eligible to be employed in the NFL,” Goodell wrote in a letter to Williams, according to SI.com’s Peter King, after suspending the coach indefinitely for his role in the New Orleans Saints‘ “bounty scandal.