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LB: NFL made example of Saints

Updated: June 6, 2012, 12:51 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Shanle said the NFL has blown the bounty scandal out of proportion.

Shanle told the New Orleans Times-Picayune on Tuesday that the league wanted to make an example out of the Saints and discourage any similar "pay-for-performance" programs.

Shanle told the Times-Picayune the Saints had an incentive program, which included payouts between $500 and $1,000 for big hits and other key plays.

That included the much-publicized "cart-offs" and ...

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