The NFL's investigation into the New Orleans Saints bounty program is expected to result in serious discipline for those involved, including former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who orchestrated much of the program. Players received extra money for big hits and for knocking opponents out of the game, according to reports.
The punishment is expected to be doled out sometime before the league's annual meetings on March 25, and perhaps as soon as the next week or two, Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com reported.
The punishment is expected to be severe, even worse than the Patriots' SpyGate punishment, which resulted in a $500,000 fine for head coach Bill Belichick, $250,000 fine for the organization and the loss of a first round pick. The Saints don't have a pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft.
The discipline is also expected to be significant because NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has placed a major emphasis on player safety in recent years. The bounty program goes right in the face of Goodell's efforts to make the game safer, which is why Williams and those associated with the bounty program will likely receive a hefty punishment.