While other teams in the NFL didn't necessarily know about the New Orleans Saints bounty program, at least one noticed that their defense was more aggressive than average. On Monday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman said that the Bucs' coaching staff has warned their players about the Saints going for cheap shots over the last three years, and that he wasn't shocked to learn about the bounty program.
"We just knew every time we played the Saints, they were going to take some cheap shots. I mean, it was always something we acknowledged. We knew Gregg Williams' defenses were physical and they were going to get after you. Knowing what we know now, it's not surprising that was the system that was set up for them. It is what it is. I'd just say it's not surprising.''
Freeman suffered one memorable dirty hit in particular from a Saints player in 2010, when he was hit out of bounds by defensive back Malcolm Jenkins. Jenkins was assessed a personal foul on the play and was later fined $10,000 by the NFL.
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