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All teams must certify that bounty programs are not being used

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In addition to imposing severe punishment against multiple individuals involved in the Saints’ bounty program, Commissioner Roger Goodell has required all teams to certify that they currently maintain no similar systems.

“In a memo to NFL clubs, Commissioner Goodell directed the principal owner of every NFL team to meet with the head coach and confirm that the club does not operate a similar pay-for-performance or bounty program and to instruct his coach that no such program is permissible and that if such a program exists, it must be terminated immediately,” the NFL said in a release.  (It’s unclear whether any sort of amnesty will apply to teams that currently maintain a bounty program, and that terminate it in response to the league’s directive.)

Teams already are required on an annual basis to sign documentation certifying full compliance with rules relating to the integrity of the game.  The certifications will now be modified to include specific reference to bounties and other “pay-for-performance” programs.

Such procedures will force teams not only to avoid establishing such systems but also to actively police the locker room to ensure that players aren’t maintaining similar programs without the direct involvement of the team.

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38 Responses to “All teams must certify that bounty programs are not being used”
  1. nineroutsider says: Mar 21, 2012 2:03 PM

    No worries here…the 9ers D administers pain evenly amongst all teams and players out of pride (and their regular salary of course).

  2. delmonte55 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:04 PM

    CYA move by the league.

  3. bearsstillsuck says: Mar 21, 2012 2:05 PM

    It’s pretty pathetic that it had to come to this.

  4. piemasteruk says: Mar 21, 2012 2:06 PM

    “Such procedures will force teams not only to avoid establishing such systems but also to actively police the locker room to ensure that players aren’t maintaining similar programs without the direct involvement of the team.”

    LOL yeah, good luck with that

  5. thatoneguy17 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:06 PM

    Wow, this makes me hate the Patriots even more….

  6. tialen says: Mar 21, 2012 2:06 PM

    I get the GM, HC and Williams suspensions, but I don’t get the linebackers coach suspension.. I mean if he had refused to participate, he probably would have been canned..

  7. thatoneguy17 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:07 PM

    wow, this makes the Patriots look like they got away with murder..

  8. cowboycjn says: Mar 21, 2012 2:09 PM

    Like closing the door after the horse got out of the barn. If suspected since 2009, why was not a warning directive issued to every team back then?????? CYA on paper!

  9. godofwine330 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:10 PM

    How do the terms bounty and performance pay get intermingled? Paying someone an extra $500-$1000 for a big play on defense or special teams is great incentive, especially since special teams players don’t get paid much.

  10. thraiderskin says: Mar 21, 2012 2:11 PM

    How? like in the form of a written letter promising none of that is going on?

  11. sfsaintsfan says: Mar 21, 2012 2:12 PM

    What about their past “bounty” programs???????

    “…confirm that the club does not operate a similar pay-for-performance or bounty program…”

    “…and that if such a program exists, it must be terminated immediately…”

    Does every other team get a pass?

    What is it 31 Free Passes and one Penalty???

    NFL = Disgrace

    Total BS from the league. I guess they don’y want to know the truth about the practice, that has been rampant in the NFL for years!

  12. fsf7 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:13 PM

    Ravens were outright doing this in 2008 — Terrell Suggs was caught saying that Hines Ward and Rashard Mendenhall were on their bounty list because he texted Ray Rice about going for 100 yards in his first NFL start — which the Ravens defense took offense to.

    Of course Suggs retracts it. When asked about it on PTI, Ward laughed it off while showing a copy of the rules regarding bounties, getting a laugh out of Kornheiser and Wilbon.

    Then Rashard Mendenhall ends up injured and out for the year. What action was taken?

    Nothing.

    But the Saints got screwed with this overkill of a penalty – especially when it’s nothing compared to the salary cap manipulation of the Broncos and 49ers and Spygate.

  13. jenniferxxx says: Mar 21, 2012 2:13 PM

    If Drew Brees has no ‘real knowledge’ of a bounty program then neither do the 31 other teams.

  14. crabboil says: Mar 21, 2012 2:13 PM

    Oh sure…. Just like having school kids sign forms that say they won’t have sex until they’re married.

    This ding dong makes me sick.

  15. northernwisc says: Mar 21, 2012 2:15 PM

    actually 31 of the 32 teams have to comply with this. they issued the packers a waiver after watching film on them from last year.

  16. jackntorres says: Mar 21, 2012 2:17 PM

    So if you did it prior to 2012 you are safe, unless you are New Orleans.

  17. stadanko says: Mar 21, 2012 2:17 PM

    What a joke. “Saints – You’re screwed for the year. Everybody else – sign this thing that says ‘I promise not to’.”

  18. teamobijuan says: Mar 21, 2012 2:20 PM

    “Lol we promise.”

  19. jackntorres says: Mar 21, 2012 2:22 PM

    I love how this is one of those articles which PFT doesn’t put in chronological order but only posts it after a few others are ahead of it. You know like, oops almost forgot one. We see which side the media wants to focus on.

  20. pooflingingmonkey says: Mar 21, 2012 2:23 PM

    Dear Roger,

    We promise that when our defensive players put someone in the hospital, it won’t have been for a bounty. It’s just because we like to put opposing players in the hospital, and because we can.

    Regards,

    Mike Tomlin
    Head Coach
    Pittsburgh Steelers

  21. melikefootball says: Mar 21, 2012 2:23 PM

    Another time that shows the darlings of New England was just slapped on the fingers for CHEATING. These guys deserved what they got and the players involved should also pay the price but no mention of them.

  22. mediasloppy says: Mar 21, 2012 2:28 PM

    The signed paper basically says, take any future lawsuit directly to that teams owner, because the League is not responsible for their actions…

  23. doubleogator says: Mar 21, 2012 2:33 PM

    First off I will say I am from New Orleans, and I am a fan of the New Orleans Saints. Now that’s out of the way, the Saints were made a scapegoat by Roger Goodell and the NFL. Just like another writer put it “free passes for 31 other teams, and one penalty” That about sums it all up. If Goodell can come up with thousands of pages confirming that this took place in New Orleans, then you can bet he can come up with something similar on other NFL teams. It was a witch hunt, and New Orleans got royally screwed. I guess they wanted to be sure that an NFL team didn’t play in the Super Bowl in their own backyard for the first time. Maybe I’m being cynical, I’m sure other teams will just open up and say, please do the same to us, we want to be fair about all this…..RIGHT!

  24. modellforprez says: Mar 21, 2012 2:42 PM

    f+kk drew brees “I need an explanation” trick you on dope r something u get no nothing ya lil bitch. and this will teach y’all only harrison gets away with hurting people

  25. upyoursnfu says: Mar 21, 2012 2:43 PM

    All teams must pinky swear not to tackle to hard and must promise to help opponents up off the ground.

  26. Deb says: Mar 21, 2012 3:01 PM

    pooflingingmonkey says:

    We promise that when our defensive players put someone in the hospital, it won’t have been for a bounty. It’s just because we like to put opposing players in the hospital, and because we can. Regards, Mike Tomlin

    ————————————————-

    Exactly. Our defenders hit people because it’s part of the game, not because they need extra incentives. It’s called “tackling.” If it’s too icky for you, pooflinger, I’m sure you can find a nice sedate sport–like Canadian curling–on cable :)

  27. ytsejamer1 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:05 PM

    BB and my Pats better not misunderstand the bylaws on this one or there will be some serious consequences.

    I can’t imagine what Goodell would do to any team or coach that defies his bounty decree after what he’s done to the Saints.

  28. funkylovemonkey says: Mar 21, 2012 3:07 PM

    doubleogator says:
    Mar 21, 2012 2:33 PM
    First off I will say I am from New Orleans, and I am a fan of the New Orleans Saints. Now that’s out of the way, the Saints were made a scapegoat by Roger Goodell and the NFL. Just like another writer put it “free passes for 31 other teams, and one penalty” That about sums it all up. If Goodell can come up with thousands of pages confirming that this took place in New Orleans, then you can bet he can come up with something similar on other NFL teams. It was a witch hunt, and New Orleans got royally screwed. I guess they wanted to be sure that an NFL team didn’t play in the Super Bowl in their own backyard for the first time. Maybe I’m being cynical, I’m sure other teams will just open up and say, please do the same to us, we want to be fair about all this…..RIGHT!

    —————————————

    Actually a witch hunt would have been if the League had gone after every team in the NFL, assuming guilt where there is no evidence of it, looking for any possible indiscretions and punishing coaches punitively for even the hint of the possibility whether guilty or not.

    What happened here was the Saints were caught red handed, and instead of creating a witch hunt that could rock the rest of the league, they are moving on with a strongly worded warning and a harsh penalty for those that were caught.

  29. falconsfan says: Mar 21, 2012 3:08 PM

    No bounty programs for the 2011-12 Falcons, unless it was for giving up points and missing tackles.

  30. bmue42 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:11 PM

    arent all players contracts “pay-for-performance” programs.?

  31. east96st says: Mar 21, 2012 3:17 PM

    I understand banning “bounties” for harming another player. Corporate CYA. But what’s the harm of offering $500 for an INT or a fumble recovery? Does the league think the ball going to get hurt and sue for brain damage after it’s retired?

  32. itsmammoth says: Mar 21, 2012 3:28 PM

    *Jerry Jones bites his finger nails in the corner*

  33. axespray says: Mar 21, 2012 3:36 PM

    Does handing money to Selfish Stat Happy Corners to Cover their guy instead of Looking for Interceptions count as a bounty?

    Or paying everyone on defense not named Clay Matthews to put in actual effort in helping the team win count?

    Cause if so, then I wouldn’t mind us running “That” type of system

  34. jaxdolfan says: Mar 21, 2012 4:06 PM

    LOL

    And the patriots were asked to turn in their videotapes….

  35. mrpowers88 says: Mar 21, 2012 4:11 PM

    Pretty sure Benson was given a similar memo about the possibility of something happening under his nose. He then passed it on to Loomis, who was supposed to take care of it- and didnt. League found out it was still going on, punishes the Saints.

    If anything, this acknowledges that the league suspects it isnt just a Saints issue, but they only had proof that the Saints were doing it, nobody else.

    If any team gets caught doing something similar now, they should get a worse penalty for doing it.

    Face it, the Saints were the only team unfortunate (stupid) enough to get caught (then lie about it, then get caught for real).

  36. jeharper22 says: Mar 21, 2012 10:47 PM

    So how is this different from when I do well at my job and after reaching certain goals after 6 months, I receive a bonus?! My company doesn’t have to do that. They feel it’s motivation. I “will operate better for them”. I just don’t think the sanctions are fair, especially when considering that the Patriots hardly got punished for CHEATING!!!!

  37. cmpenny says: Mar 22, 2012 3:58 PM

    NO team will openly admit to using a bounty system. They will deny it and then if they are smart they will cease the acts immediately!

  38. realitycheck21 says: Mar 27, 2012 4:08 AM

    GOODELL and all the NFL hypocrites can go f*kk themselves. Have a wonderful day.

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