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Report: Vilma offered $10,000 to knock out Favre


A lot of information has already come out regarding BountyGate and the Saints. But we’re only just getting started.

One of the details that has emerged relates to the 2009 NFC Championship game where the Saints bruised and battered Brett Favre all night long.

Before the game, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on NFL Live that Jonathan Vilma threw $10,000 on a table and said it would go to the player that successfully knocked out Favre. None of the Saints were successful, but they did their best in one of Favre’s more underrated performances of all time. (Yes, the ending stunk. Just watch the rest.)

On the hit pictured above, Favre threw an interception that the league admitted after the game should have been overturned because of the shot on Favre’s leg. Favre eventually crumpled on to a cart before getting his ankle treated on the sideline and staying in the game.

Vilma, incidentally, is due $5.4 million in 2012. Based on his performance last year, Vilma could be a candidate to be released to clear room for Drew Brees‘ contract. We don’t think this news coming out will hurt Vilma, but it won’t help him either with the Saints wanting to put the scandal behind them.

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67 Responses to “Report: Vilma offered $10,000 to knock out Favre”
  1. thatdudewiththemarauder says: Mar 2, 2012 5:48 PM

    I would have done it for $500 and number 2 from Mickey Dees.

  2. mikebe1 says: Mar 2, 2012 5:49 PM

    Isn’t that like a thousand bucks for vilma?

  3. bearsstillsuck says: Mar 2, 2012 5:54 PM

    Injuries happen, but they shouldn’t happen like that. Is there anything a team could do to get the super bowl trophy taken away? Because this is pretty close.

  4. nflfan555 says: Mar 2, 2012 5:54 PM

    Wow and the coaches knew this – take away all draft pics in 2012 and suspend everyone involved 4 games

  5. billinva says: Mar 2, 2012 5:54 PM

    I’d pay 10 grand to see that!

  6. pgui88 says: Mar 2, 2012 5:55 PM

    Old news. I would have paid $1million to see Favre leave the NFL.

  7. stangz11 says: Mar 2, 2012 5:56 PM

    And hereeeeee we gooo!

  8. armchairqb says: Mar 2, 2012 5:56 PM

    After all the fawning coverage the Saints were given in 2011, how can you not love this story. Keep it coming, PFT! Let’s drag the Saints down and question their Super Bowl win! I love it!

  9. bloomer006999999 says: Mar 2, 2012 5:58 PM

    Kiss your 2012 first round pick goodbye … !

  10. ascensionparish says: Mar 2, 2012 5:58 PM

    JV also ran into some bounty trouble from when he was at University of Miami. As a Saints fan, I don’t even know who you are, Vilma.

  11. ruggerlad says: Mar 2, 2012 6:28 PM

    How about fining the refs who called nothing that game??

  12. commentcentral says: Mar 2, 2012 6:29 PM

    Wait a second. . . I thought these guys were playing as hard as they could for the money they were already making. I guess a little injury money on the table makes them go a little harder.

  13. capitaloffense says: Mar 2, 2012 6:31 PM

    Did someone actually say they should try to take their SB trophy away…really?! Here’s a reality check for you: With or without bounty hunting the defense goes out on the field to lay wood. Someone getting hurt is unfortunate, but they are not worried about that before the hit. The job is to prevent offensive progress. When that fails, destroy the ball carrier. You can change all the rules you want, the job is the same. You cannot complain that people are being shot if you are watching a war flick.

  14. eyeh8goodell says: Mar 2, 2012 6:34 PM

    I’m sure Deanna is the one who offered the 12 grand.

  15. myasylum11 says: Mar 2, 2012 6:35 PM

    That game alone proved the Iron Man Farve was, and started the new phrase “What would Farve do?” (Culter anyone?) What the Saints were trying to pull was complete bs, and stopped the Vikings to a Super Bow

  16. steelersmichele says: Mar 2, 2012 6:35 PM

    It’s embarrassing that these guys needed a little extra incentive to play hard. Their salaries should have been enough.

  17. shlitzburgh says: Mar 2, 2012 6:36 PM

    Who cares???

  18. time2speakup says: Mar 2, 2012 6:36 PM

    “It’s not wrong to do wrong, it is wrong to get caught doing wrong.” Hey Saints – busted! But now Dear Mr. Roger – where do you start punishing, and the biggie is – where will it stop? The Pats and the Saints got caught. So we won’t concern ourselves with the ones who didn’t? Did I get that right?

  19. nflfan555 says: Mar 2, 2012 6:36 PM

    Same punishment as Rothlesburger multiple crimes

  20. axespray says: Mar 2, 2012 6:36 PM

    Brett Favre:
    old – yes
    traitor – (gerrh!) yes
    afraid of a couple of hard hits – NEVER!
    Dude trash talked Warren Sapp and “that” defense that hard hitting Defense, dude is fearless (mostly in not good ways, *interceptions).
    If I were Vilma, I would have offered money to whoever was willing to tackle Adrian Peterson, dude is like if Ray Lewis were a runningback.

  21. vikingsfan34 says: Mar 2, 2012 6:37 PM

    Dirty team. Just sick as the Vikings outplayed them all over the field. I wish Jared Allen and Kevin Williams knew about that during the game. They could have hurt that injured shoulder on Brees and then whipped Williams.

  22. gbditka says: Mar 2, 2012 6:38 PM

    bloomer006999999 says:
    “Kiss your 2012 first round pick goodbye … !”

    I agree, take the 2012 Saints 1st round pick that the Patriots now own away for this revelation as the Saints kissed it good bye last April for Mark Ingram!

  23. 7ransponder says: Mar 2, 2012 6:40 PM

    It’s cute seeing the Saints fans go through the 5 Stages of Grief.

    – Right now they are on Denial.
    – Anger will come when the punishment is handed out.
    – Bargaining will come very soon after when they start comparing other violations in the league and what their penalties will be.
    – Depression will be when the draft is going on and they get left out of a round.
    – Acceptance of course won’t be until a long time from now when this all blows over and the reputation this leaves behind has been lost over the generations.

  24. mcjon22 says: Mar 2, 2012 6:53 PM

    What do you expect? He went to the ‘U’

  25. kilo0986 says: Mar 2, 2012 6:54 PM

    I wouldve paid 10 gs for some officiating, he took so.many late hits it was sad

  26. foosballisthedevil says: Mar 2, 2012 7:19 PM

    I’d do it for a Klondike Bar

  27. rgledz says: Mar 2, 2012 7:39 PM

    Hold the worthless refs accountable for that embarrassment that they put forth. A high school officiating team could have done a better job. From the illegal hits on Favre all game long to the BS pass interference call on Leber that handed the Saints the winning fieldgoal. All the refs should have been fined and suspended and Williams and Payton should pay the price as well. Classless organization.

  28. jedimasterbates says: Mar 2, 2012 7:41 PM

    Favre is the man.

  29. cardmagnet says: Mar 2, 2012 7:48 PM

    Had I known this, I’d have contributed money to the Knock Out Favre fund. Vilma no doubt learned the practice during his time at The U.

  30. wideright91 says: Mar 2, 2012 7:54 PM

    Bills LB Arther Moats wins the $10k!!

  31. bovice23 says: Mar 2, 2012 8:06 PM

    I thought the refs did a horrible job in that game before I read this. Now I think those refs had to be complete morons or in on it.

  32. berniesboys says: Mar 2, 2012 8:08 PM

    Vilma, from “The U”??? Paying players to injure opponents. Sound familiar? Yet somehow, the penalties handed down from the NCAA added up to a game a piece for a couple of current Miami players and nothing more. Maybe this is a learned behavior.

  33. pongonfl says: Mar 2, 2012 8:09 PM

    it was obvious in the game, they never sacked farve once but knocked him black and blue with late hits.
    How is this news now?

    They actually went on to beat the Colts fair. But they actually lost pretty bad to the Vikings, if there was even half way reasonable enforcement of the rules.
    Its really stands out with Farve, cause he naturally moves away from this spot after he throws, so you really have to extend your late hit to get a nock on him. But they did, many times, including one where one guy hit him low then the other rolled up his whole lower body.
    Only the Seahawks\Steelers had worse officiating in modern playoff games. And that is saying something.

  34. grantgoodman93 says: Mar 2, 2012 8:15 PM

    Where is the respect for the game of football to these guys

  35. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 2, 2012 8:16 PM

    The Vikings pot to put Brees out of the game got up to around $11 and change, before someone took money back out for the pop machine. They just didn’t think it was worth it.

  36. EJ says: Mar 2, 2012 8:18 PM

    Why would you ever let something like that ever get out of the locker room? Is Vilma an idiot?

  37. purplehayseuss says: Mar 2, 2012 8:23 PM

    It’s pretty quiet down in NOLA, isn’t it? Boy, those Saints fans were as obnoxious as could be back then. “It’s just good hard football, shut up, losers.”
    BS like that, for months. How’s it feel now?

    Your ‘badass defensive coordinator’ squeaking like a mouse in a snap trap. Players confessing left and right. Major NFL scandal.

    It’s a little easier to be a Minnesota Vikings fan today. Hey, Gregg, it felt pretty good to be the hammer, didn’t it? You’re about to feel what it’s like to be the ANVIL, buddy.

  38. mikehockhurtz says: Mar 2, 2012 8:31 PM

    I’d do it for a Klondike Bar


    Try the mint ones…those are bitchin

  39. trollaikman8 says: Mar 2, 2012 8:39 PM

    A Jets cheerleader wants 50%

  40. laeaglefan says: Mar 2, 2012 8:44 PM

    Problem is that offering these guys $10,000 is like offering most of us $100. The money isn’t that big of a deal to them, since their salaries are so high anyway.
    To them its like betting $10 on a round of golf. The fun for them is in the winning the bet, not in the amount they’re getting. I’m sure that most of them have no real desire to hurt any other player….because next time it might be them!

  41. georgebrett says: Mar 2, 2012 8:45 PM

    I think it’s great that players have the passion and desire to play the game hard. As long as they are legal hits, who cares about a bounty. Go play touch football at the YMCA.

  42. jjbadd says: Mar 2, 2012 8:50 PM

    I get so sick of people talking junk about Favre! I am a Bronco fan , but more importantly I am a FOOTBALL fan. And Brett Favre played the game! People gonna act shocked that Bounty Hunting IS going on, but that just furthers my beleif that Favre WAS a true iron man!! Howd that Knocking Brett out go for them Saints?

  43. bennyd720 says: Mar 2, 2012 8:50 PM

    did they just make me feel bad for Favre? They did, they did make me feel bad for Favre…#@$%

  44. deconjonesbitchslap says: Mar 2, 2012 8:58 PM

    that’s right folks. vikings fans have been proven right, and now you’re going to hear it. soon, you’ll be hearing that the refs in that game were told to allow late hits against favre to slide, for the nfl wanted the saints to win that superbowl.

  45. cmcm2k says: Mar 2, 2012 9:16 PM

    I’ve said for years this was the worst officiated game I’ve ever seen. I remember how funny, paul allen said in defense of the refs that the dc would never condone such things. Turns out it was the truth and they had a bonus to do it

  46. newagerocker says: Mar 2, 2012 9:32 PM

    THANK GOD!!!!! FINALLY!!!!! Some news about Bret Farve! It’s been too long.

  47. myasylum11 says: Mar 2, 2012 10:03 PM

    Great, now Farve will have a reason to unretire again!

  48. krw81 says: Mar 2, 2012 10:31 PM

    The Vikings found a way to lose the 2009 NFC Championship game as a team with a history of bad luck, five turnovers and some questionable officiating. The NFL has omitted that the officiating crew blew 9 calls during regular time all in favor of the Saints. In over-time there were a total of 12 plays 5 of which were reviewed by the booth and all called in favor of the Saints! If it sounds like a duck and it walks like a duck it probably is a duck. Then again, most people will believe what they want anyway.

  49. krw81 says: Mar 2, 2012 10:37 PM

    omitted should be admitted

  50. besdayz says: Mar 2, 2012 10:38 PM

    Saints hit Favre dirty a couple of times but not on that play where his ankle was broken. That was clean. Mcray was being pushed down by the OT and he did just enough to dive at Favre’s feet while the other guy had a legal high hit in the chest.

  51. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Mar 2, 2012 11:02 PM

    I’m a Bengals fan and I’ve disliked the Saints ever since that 2009 NFC championship. I could tell they were playing dirty and this clears it up. That Vikings team was outstanding and outplayed the Saints during that whole game. This is worse than Spygate IMO. It would be ignorant to think that other teams don’t do this though. I’m starting to wonder about Kimo Von Oelhoffen’s hit on Carson Palmer…

  52. earlcampbellrules says: Mar 2, 2012 11:26 PM

    Who cares? It’s not like putting a bounty on someone is new. It’s been going on forever and will continue to go on as long as football is played. That’s the point of playing defense, to hurt someone, get over it all you p$ssys.

  53. dan3rd says: Mar 2, 2012 11:27 PM

    As I watched the game, I said it looked like the Saints were intentionally trying to hurt Favre. But, that aside, all you Favre bashers, give it a break. The “Favre coming out of retirement” jokes aren’t funny anymore.

  54. toryanderson25 says: Mar 2, 2012 11:33 PM

    I think the League needs to send a message similar to College ball. No first round pick and no playoffs for 2012/2013.

  55. devikesfan says: Mar 2, 2012 11:34 PM

    This just confirms New Orleans’ status as one of the most corrupt cities in the country.
    Start calling these assclowns the TAINTS…

  56. devikesfan says: Mar 2, 2012 11:38 PM

    @earlcampbell rules-
    You’re wrong.
    It’s one thing for a defensive player to hit someone hard; it’s quite another to try to intentionally injure a guy. Especially considering such an injury can end a guy’s career.
    Anyone who condones the bounty practice is a true p*ssy…

  57. 2mustang says: Mar 2, 2012 11:51 PM

    If only Favre had not been hit so many times, he might have still been able to count to twelve and avoid that stupid game losing penalty.

  58. lnfinite says: Mar 3, 2012 12:47 AM

    No one wants to concede the NFL giftwrapped a super bowl title to the Saints because of Katrina.

    Trophy should have an NFL asterik:

    Nawlins Frauded League

    Deal with it

  59. dobberdubinsky says: Mar 3, 2012 3:03 AM

    As a Vikes fan, I have more of an issue with the refs who let all the late cheapshots go uncalled than the bounty itself. Lets be a little realistic here, most teams probably have some sort of bounty out for every big game. This is nothing new.

  60. footballfan292 says: Mar 3, 2012 5:32 AM

    I don’t give a rat’s behind if Vilma only threw $10 on the table. The rules are clear that even that would violate the rules.

    You dont put money on a table as an incentive to intentionally injure another player possibly putting his life in danger. That’s bush league crap that the NFL will want nothing to do with. If it has been going on, rest assured, it will now be stopped. The NFL can’t afford that stuff going on in the midst of former players suing the league claiming they don’t care about player safety. Those former players will use scandals like this as evidence.

    Goodell has no choice but to come down hard in order to protect the shield.

  61. dougy1970 says: Mar 3, 2012 6:00 AM

    Saints Dirty Shots + Referees blown calls + coin toss = OT Saints win.

    They needed all 3 to beat the Vikings.

  62. peelmybatwings says: Mar 3, 2012 7:03 AM

    I remember watching that game thinking, “are they intentionally trying to kill Favre? How is he still on the field?!” It really is one of the toughest performances I’ve ever seen from a quarterback. I have never seen a QB take that kind of beating and stay in the game. Did you SEE his leg on the sideline? And yet he didn’t even miss a snap!

  63. joetoronto says: Mar 3, 2012 12:40 PM

    Love him or hate him, Brett Favre was the toughest SOB to ever play the game, bar none.

  64. gb4mn0 says: Mar 3, 2012 11:48 PM

    More likely than not the vikequeef toads that claim there’s was an NFL conspiracy biased toward the Saints to win SB 44 are part of the same lefty lunatic psycho nut job crowd that claim Bush was behind 9/11.

    I would think the lavender larry cads would be grateful the Saints won the NFCCG and saved them the embarrasment of becoming the first team in NFL history to be 0 and 5 in the Super Bowl.

  65. jjbadd says: Mar 4, 2012 12:15 AM

    People ask me if liked Brett Favre, hell no.. I loved the sum beach!

  66. dobberdubinsky says: Mar 4, 2012 2:46 AM

    “I remember watching that game thinking, “are they intentionally trying to kill Favre? How is he still on the field?!” It really is one of the toughest performances I’ve ever seen from a quarterback. I have never seen a QB take that kind of beating and stay in the game. Did you SEE his leg on the sideline? And yet he didn’t even miss a snap!”


    …..and then he preceded to throw probably the worst pass in NFL history to cost the Vikes the game, across his body into double coverage. I still can’t believe Vikings fans give him free pass for that awful game he had. Sure, he shouldn’t haven’t even put in that situation by Chilly on 3rd down when the could have given it to their bread and butter AD to pick up 2 yards and then give Longwell a shot from 52….dude is money and named Longwell for a reason. Chilly’s brutal play calling followed by Favre trying to be a hero by making a spectacular throw that he didn’t have to make (Berrian the primary receiver on the play was wide open) followed by referee incompetence and AD’s fumbles cost the Vikes the game.

    So all you fake Viking’s fans that still respect the enemy FudgePackerFavre…..Fkuc you!!!! Was it a good run, hell ya…..was it good enough, hell no!!! Remember Minnesota, winning it all doesn’t mean going to the NFC championship game, time to raise our knowledge and expectations people!!!!

  67. vikefan says: Mar 4, 2012 10:53 AM

    More likely than not the vikequeef toads that claim there’s was an NFL conspiracy biased toward the Saints to win SB 44 are part of the same lefty lunatic psycho nut job crowd that claim Bush was behind 9/11.

    I would think the lavender larry cads would be grateful the Saints won the NFCCG and saved them the embarrasment of becoming the first team in NFL history to be 0 and 5 in the Super Bowl.
    NFL conspiracy, NOT….refs not calling a fair game, ABSOULETLY! go back to buying your $250 tp and leave this site to those who have actual credibility and no bias!

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