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Desan likelly getting the franchise tag!

He will not be happy about that!!!!!

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Brandon Lloyd wants to follow Josh McDaniels to New England. I would love this. However his agent and the Patriots don't have the greatest relationship due to Ben Watson but Condon has said his client wants to go to NE and if the Pats call he will put aside personal feelings and talk business.

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Franchising period started yesterday. Wonder how long it takes till somebody is tagged.

Looking forward to the combine.. anybody else?

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Today was OL,TE,K.

Teams probably more interested in TE's with the success of Graham and Gronkowski the past season.

Tomorrow the combine workouts are for the skill positions. QB,RB,WR group. RGIII and Luck not expected to throw at combine will instead wait for their pro days.

Still interesting to see the 40 times of some guys.

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Yes!!!

Philly placed the franchise tag on Desan jackson!

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He is actually very happy he gets a huge pay increase and that Philly designated him a "franchise player".

Eagles say they are now trying to get him signed long-term.

Judging by Desean's comments today he wants to remain an Eagle so I am optimistic a deal will get done and the bad attitude he had about his contract will be a thing of the past and he will back to being an explosive play-maker with a long-term deal in place. :)

Bad news for the Cowboys and the rest of the NFC East db's. :lol:

Another interesting side story to watch is to see what Desean gets contract wise because Mike Wallace is going to want a similar deal from the Steelers.

We shall see if they can keep him.

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yikes. This is not good.

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Brutal

Between 22 and 27 defensive players on the New Orleans Saints, as well as defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, maintained a "bounty" program funded primarily by players in violation of NFL rules during the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons, the NFL announced Friday.

The investigation by the league's security department determined that an improper "pay for performance" program included "bounty" payments to players for inflicting injuries on opposing players that would result in them being removed from a game.

In some cases, the amounts pledged were both significant and directed against a specific opposing player, according to the league's investigation.

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis failed to stop the bounty program when directed to do so by Saints owner Tom Benson, while coach Sean Payton was aware of the allegations but did not pursue them or take steps to stop the "bounty" program, according to the investigation's findings.

The findings, corroborated by multiple independent sources, have been presented to commissioner Roger Goodell, who will determine the appropriate discipline.

"It is our responsibility to protect player safety and the integrity of our game, and this type of conduct will not be tolerated," Goodell said in a statement.

"We have made significant progress in changing the culture with respect to player safety and we are not going to relent. We have more work to do and we will do it."

Goodell has advised the Saints that he will hold proceedings to determine potential discipline against the team and the individuals involved, and confer with the players' union regarding the appropriate punishment. That discipline could include fines, suspensions and the forfeiture of draft choices.

"I have been made aware of the NFL's findings relative to the 'Bounty Rule' and how it relates to our club. I have offered and the NFL has received our full cooperation in their investigation," Benson said in a statement. "While the findings may be troubling, we look forward to putting this behind us and winning more championships in the future for our fans."

Williams did not immediately return calls from ESPN seeking comment.

According to the investigation, the players regularly contributed cash into a pool and received improper cash payments of two kinds from the pool, based on their play in the previous week's game.

Williams administered the program with the knowledge of other defensive coaches and occasionally contributed funds, according to the league investigation.

Payments were made for plays such as interceptions and fumble recoveries. But the program also included "bounty" payments for "cart-offs," meaning that the opposing player was carried off the field, and "knockouts," meaning that the opposing player was not able to return.

The investigation showed that the total amount of funds in the pool may have reached $50,000 or more at its height during the 2009 playoffs. The program paid players $1,500 for a "knockout" and $1,000 for a "cart-off," with payouts doubling or tripling during the playoffs.

"The payments here are particularly troubling because they involved not just payments for 'performance,' but also for injuring opposing players," Goodell said. "The bounty rule promotes two key elements of NFL football: player safety and competitive integrity."

The NFL has a longstanding rule prohibiting "non-contract bonuses," and they violate both the league constitution and bylaws and the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the players' union.

Clubs are advised every year of this rule in a memo from the commissioner. Citing Sections 9.1©(8), and 9.3(F) and (G) of the Constitution and By-Laws, the memo for the 2011 season stated:

"No bonus or award may directly or indirectly be offered, promised, announced, or paid to a player for his or his team's performance against a particular team or opposing player or a particular group thereof. No bonuses or awards may be offered or paid for on field misconduct (for example, personal fouls to or injuries inflicted on opposing players)."

"Our investigation began in early 2010 when allegations were first made that Saints players had targeted opposing players, including Kurt Warner of the Cardinals and Brett Favre of the Vikings," Goodell said in a statement. "Our security department interviewed numerous players and other individuals.

"At the time, those interviewed denied that any such program existed and the player that made the allegation retracted his earlier assertions. As a result, the allegations could not be proven," Goodell said.

"We recently received significant and credible new information and the investigation was re-opened during the latter part of the 2011 season."

According to the NFL investigation, Benson was not initially aware of the bounty program and directed Loomis to make sure it was discontinued immediately. The evidence showed Loomis did not do so, investigators found.

"Similarly, when the initial allegations were discussed with Mr. Loomis in 2010, he denied any knowledge of a bounty program and pledged that he would ensure that no such program was in place. There is no evidence that Mr. Loomis took any effective action to stop these practices," according to the league's findings.

Payton "was not a direct participant in the funding or administration of the program," according to the investigation.

However, Payton "was aware of the allegations, did not make any detailed inquiry or otherwise seek to learn the facts, and failed to stop the bounty program. He never instructed his assistant coaches or players that a bounty program was improper and could not continue," the investigation found.

The investigation included the review of approximately 18,000 documents totaling more than 50,000 pages, interviews of a wide range of individuals and the use of outside forensic experts to verify the authenticity of key documents.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7638603/new-orleans-saints-defense-had-bounty-program-nfl-says

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That bounty thing is pretty ridiculous, how can a team do such a thing.

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Can't wait for the scum bags on that defense to get what they deserve. That's just disrespecting the rest of the league and their co-workers. Feel bad for the 10 or 12 guys who weren't a part of it but will still be seen as a part of it. Before you bring up spygate..there's a big difference between stealing a handful of hand signals and calls and purposly trying to end the careers of other players (a bonus if you can hit a player so hard he has to be carted off) .. sick

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Can't wait for the scum bags on that defense to get what they deserve. That's just disrespecting the rest of the league and their co-workers. Feel bad for the 10 or 12 guys who weren't a part of it but will still be seen as a part of it. Before you bring up spygate..there's a big difference between stealing a handful of hand signals and calls and purposly trying to end the careers of other players (a bonus if you can hit a player so hard he has to be carted off) .. sick

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Just a question..If the saints lose their draft picks for the upcoming draft, will that include their 1st rounder which belongs to the Pats?

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