NFL expected to dole out bounty punishment to the Saints by end of week

The Bountygate saga looks to be coming to an end. According NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora the NFL will hand out punishment to Saints for running their bounty program by the end of the week. Saints head coach Sean Payton and owner Tom Benson met with league officials on Monday and the league will spend today and tomorrow deliberating over the punishment.

League officials will spend Tuesday and Wednesday in discussion to determine the appropriate penalties for the New Orleans Saints in connection with the “pay for performance” system, according to league sources.
A decision is expected by the end of the week. Hefty suspensions, fines and loss of one or more draft picks are all under consideration, and serious consequences are expected.

What remains to be seen is whether or not any suspensions handed to Payton and “bounty” system initiator Gregg Williams for a period of games will include the offseason, or will they be served only in the season during the actual time those games are played, but would allow them to take part in OTAs, training camp, etc.

North Carolina sanctions, NCAA Tournament, NFL free agency, NBA trade deadline, and now punishment for Bountygate. What a week in sports.

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