As it turns out, Monday’s meeting between Saints owner Tom Benson, Saints coach Sean Payton, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell happened not because Goodell summoned them to New York, but because the Benson and Peyton requested it.
The Saints made that disclosure on Monday afternoon.
No one has disclosed the specific timetable for a resolution. Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports that a decision on punishment is expected by the end of the week, and that league officials will spend Tuesday and Wednesday discussing the issue.
The NFL’s announcement from 10 days ago that the Saints maintained a three-year bounty system specified that penalties may include fines, suspensions, and forfeiture of draft picks. We reported last week that the potential sanctions are limited to those possibilities.