Nov, 7, 2010; Charlotte, NC, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove (69) on the sidlines. The Saints defeated the Panthers 34-3 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

Former New Orleans Saints Anthony Hargrove released by Packers; bounty-related?

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.


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  • louisianakid1954

    Roger Goodell going to get his at the end somewhere down the road you can’t kick dirt on people’s and thank you are getting away. Goodell you not getting away this investigation the Saints owner are doing going to nail you to the wall. And Green Bay Packers knew they was not going to keep him after the bounty program suspendsion.

  • Mark Blankenship

    Anthony just come home

  • christopher starling

    This whole bountygate situation is going to make a great movie, mini-series, or book one day. . .especially if the Saints win back their respect and integrity, Goodel fired for scape-goating the Who Dat nation, and the Saints win another Vince Lombardi Superbowl trophy for the 2012 or 2013 season (or both!)

    And i can’t wait for all the haters, including Goodell, other NFL admin., commentators, the media, and non-Saints players, to finally eat their words.

    Regardless who victors in the end, alot of damage is already done, and i can fpresee the NFL altering rules/regs to make the game safe beyond the point of tough, aggressive fun for all the biggest fans of pro football.