Friday was supposed to be all about franchise tags and looking forward to free agency, but the league’s announcement about the Saints’ violation about the bounty rule has changed that in a big way.
We’ve already heard from the league and it’s a safe bet we’ll be hearing much more about it today, through the weekend and beyond. Saints owner Tom Benson has issued a statement about the league’s findings.
“I have been made aware of the NFL’s findings relative to the “Bounty Rule” and how it relates to our club. I have offered and the NFL has received our full cooperation in their investigation. While the findings may be troubling, we look forward to putting this behind us and winning more championships in the future for our fans.”
The Saints are going to wind up with a black mark on their image as a result of the league’s finding. We’ll see how much their punishment winds up impacting the drive for more championships that Benson promises fans in New Orleans.