The Washington Redskins had a bounty system for big hits on opponents under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams that was similar to the one revealed by an NFL investigation of the New Orleans Saints, four players who played under Williams said Friday.
Three of the players described a coach who doled out thousands of dollars to Redskins defenders who measured up to Williams’s scoring system for rugged play, including “kill shots” that knocked opposing teams’stars out of a game.
“You got compensated more for a kill shot than you did other hits,” said one former player, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Players said compensation ranged from “hundreds to thousands of dollars,” with the biggest sum any player received believed to be about $8,000.
This can’t be good for Williams. He has apologized, but that may not be enough. There’s a pretty good chance that Roger Goodell will make an example out of him.