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Goodell sends strong message

NFLPA response will be telling, as will impact on Drew Brees' contract

Originally Published: March 22, 2012
By Andrew Brandt | ESPN.com

One year ago, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell steered the league through a contentious labor stoppage despite his detractors. On Wednesday, he continued to craft his legacy as a stern, no-nonsense leader, through punishments meted out to members of the Saints for their participation in bounty and pay-for-performance programs. Goodell made it clear that the integrity of the NFL is paramount to all.

As expected, fines, suspensions and the loss of draft picks were levied against the Saints. ...

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