I'm surprised nobody has seen this. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/03/02/nfl-finds-that-saints-violated-bounty-rule/related/ ------------------- The league announced Friday afternoon that the Saints violated the bounty rule in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Specifically, the NFL has concluded that between 22 and 27 defensive players along with at least one assistant coach maintained a bounty program. It was funded primarily by players, with $50,000 or more available during the 2009 playoffs. The payments here are particularly troubling because they involved not just payments for performance, but also for injuring opposing players, Commissioner Goodell said in a league-issued release. The bounty rule promotes two key elements of NFL football: player safety and competitive integrity. The N.O. Saints are in a heap of trouble.