In what continues to be a messy off-season for the New Orleans Saints, more details are leaking out regarding the bounty system that cost the franchise huge fines and key suspensions for the 2012 season.
According to Pro Football Talk via Y! Sports, the Saints kept a ledger documenting payments to players who successfully met bounty goals. Here are details:
In the ledger, payments of $1,000 for cart-offs (a hit that resulted in a player being helped off the field), $400 for whacks (hard hits) and $100 deductions for mental errors were kept track of for each player.
Two specific entries for the 2009 season were shown during one meeting. In a game at Buffalo on Sept. 27, 2009, there were three $1,000 awards. In a game against the New York Giants on Oct. 18, there was a $1,000 bounty awarded for one cart-off.
There was also a notation that after one game an opposing player who had been carted off was placed on injured reserve. The notation of the player on IR included an exclamation mark.
“The players knew what their actions were for,” the source said.
There have been numerous debates about the violent nature of NFL football, but regardless of your stance on the topic it becomes difficult to defend compensating players extra money for intentionally disabling an opponent.
The NFL has already done their damage to the Saints franchise for their participation in the bounty system, so all any further details will do is further tarnish the reputations on those involved. Hopefully this ends any possible “bounty era”, as it has no place in professional sports.