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WhoDat!656 03-18-2012 07:37 PM

I can't find a link to this, but I feel this is how it will play out
Found this while bored waiting on Frozen Planet to come on Discovery

Adam Shefter stated on ESPN that when Payton and Benson met with the league last Monday that league sources say Payton made a pretty compelling argument that he knew nothing of the bounty scandal on the defensive side of the ball.

Remember that when Gregg Williams got to the Saints, Payton handed total control of the defense to him. Shefter seems to think that the NFL is inclined to believe Payton.

They already believe Benson had no idea what was going on. It is speculated by Shefter and Glazer that Payton, Loomis, and the team will be fined, and that the team will lose a couple of draft picks.

It is the rest of the media, (insert Florio, King here; my comment), that seems to want the Saints to be slammed. This never came from the league that the Saints would be slammed.

I believe that the team already knows what the punishment will be, it is not that severe, it will be announced this week, and it will be business as usual in Saints land.

Just my gut feeling, but, after studying all of this, I believe Drew will be signed within the next couple of weeks after the Manning signing, the free agent LB signings, and the Bountygate penalty anouncement. I could be wrong, but I think the media will be ****** when it finds out that the punishment will be fines and draft picks for the Saints, but no suspensions.

There just seems to be not enough evidence, (cart-offs, ejections, unusually high personal fouls, etc) over the past three years to show that players were intentionally targeted to be injured and that suspensions are warranted. The league is not stupid enough to get into a court battle over this. The Saints have made it known about burden of proof.

|Mitch| 03-18-2012 07:41 PM

I don't see Vilma getting out of a suspension, not after it was proven fact that he was offering 10k for hits...

That's why I think we're looking at ILBs...

WhoDat!656 03-18-2012 07:46 PM

Vilma says he didn't say/do it, so unless there is a tape. . .

Maybe the Saints will release him as a sacrificial lamb; thus ending his career. No team will sign him knowing that he has a significant suspension pending.

|Mitch| 03-18-2012 07:55 PM

Doesn't matter; Goodell will find a way to give the harshest penalties he can. That's why I think it's taking so long, he's figuring out what he can get away with

alleycat_126 03-18-2012 08:06 PM

Sensationalism at its best, betting on who makes the first big play is a far cry from putting together a pot to see who can maim or injure someone. I believe we should be punished for only what we did which was wager on big plays, Goddell hopefully can tell the difference. Peter King is a hater, his reports are no longer unbias when it comes to the Saints you can hear it in his inferences when he talks about how you really hurt a team. Florio's dum ass is trying to condemn us, but he has a lifesize poster of the very game in question hanging on his wall, and a Drew Brees bobblehead in the backdrop of his office.

73Saint 03-18-2012 08:17 PM

I used to like Peter King, and defended him on this site. I'm starting to not like him so much any more.

Rugby Saint II 03-18-2012 08:43 PM

I ain't seen nuttin' and I ain't gonna rat out my gang.(Gregg Williams did it):cool:

|Mitch| 03-18-2012 08:54 PM

snitches get stitches...

QBREES9 03-18-2012 09:26 PM

Gregg Williams, the Rat

FinSaint 03-19-2012 06:19 AM

I don't know how big of a role the owners' meeting will play in all of this.

Does Goodell in practice have to approve his decision with the owners?

Or is it more of an pre-announcement to the owners before the media and the rest of the world finds out?

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