The NFL on Friday said an investigation by its security department found that Williams and several New Orleans Saints players employed an illegal bounty system, financially rewarding defensive players for big plays, including knocking opponents out of games during the 2009-11 seasons. After details of the NFL’s probe were released, five former Redskins, including defensive end Phillip Daniels, and a former coach told The Washington Post that Williams had a similar system with Washington.
If Williams did indeed use a similar bounty system during his time in Washington, doesn’t that make the organization just as responsible and guilty as the Saints of negligence and violating the NFL policy?
The Redskins have emerged as a leading candidate to trade up in the draft to select QB Robert Griffin III, but one has to wonder if the NFL will pull some of their trade chips off the table by forcing the Redskins to forfeit picks in next month’s NFL Draft. While the Saints will feel the stiffest penalties, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that this is going to hurt the Redskins, too.