It was a move that I had discussed when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handed out player suspensions for the alleged bounty program involving the New Orleans Saints. Former New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove was released by the Green Bay Packers yesterday.
Hargrove was placed on the razor’s edge of the Packers roster when he was given an eight-game suspension for his “role” he played in the bounty investigation by the NFL.
He reportedly mislead the initial investigators that there was no bounty program with the Saints. Then a written “confession” surfaced with Hargrove apparently recanting some of that which he earlier denied.
Hargrove was still given an eight-game suspension for what Goodell said was lying to the investigators an impeding the investigation. The rumor was Hargrove may have been coerced into doing the written confession in order to not be suspended an entire season.
After his written statement was leaked to the media, Hargrove expressed anger towards the NFL saying that this was something that was supposed to be private and not broadcast out to the public.
Hargrove had played mostly at defensive tackle for the Saints during from 2009-2011. He wasn’t resigned and in 2011 signed with the Philadelphia Eagles but was released, where he ended up with the Seattle Seahawks. He joined the Packers this offseason where he was listed as a defensive tackle.
Since the announcement of his suspension, the Packers have been using his sparingly especially in practice, giving other players more reps. Although he would not count against their roster, the Packers ultimately felt that they didn’t want to wait out until November 4th which is when he would end his suspension.