LB: NFL made example of Saints
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.
Saints Bounty Scandal
An NFL investigation found the New Orleans Saints operated a bounty system that rewarded 22 to 27 players for hard hits and for injuring opposing players. Profile »
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 "knockouts." But Shanle told the Times-Picayune those specific terms came from "Gregg's language," a reference to former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who was suspended indefinitely for his role in the scandal. Shanle said the terms didn't insinuate intentionally injuring, or trying to injure, an opponent.
"I never saw any money for injuring somebody exchange hands," Shanle told the Times-Picayune. ...
"Gregg said crazy stuff," Shanle added. "If you take him literally, you're gonna be locked up. But he was the best motivator I've ever been around."
Shanle told the Times-Picayune that side bets are commonplace throughout the NFL, but that the Saints' program was perhaps the most organized he had seen. Shanle also said the program penalized players for penalties and other mental errors.
"There's been this picture painted that (Jonathan) Vilma was standing in front of the defense before every game picking out players to go after and offering money," Shanle told the Times-Picayune. "It was blown up to be something more than it is."
MORE NFL HEADLINES
- Steve Smith reaches 3-year deal with Ravens
- Colts strike deal with former Giants WR Nicks
- Pats reach deal with suspended CB Browner
- Spikes agrees to contract terms with Buffalo
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
The NFL on ESPN.com
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
WEEK 1 PICKS
BOUNTY BANS OVERTURNED
2013 NFL DRAFT
MORE NFL COVERAGE
- Fathead New Orleans Saints Teammate Logo