New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, Roger Goodell met to discuss treatment of team

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, Roger Goodell met to discuss treatment of team

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New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, Roger Goodell met to discuss treatment of team

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Posted on August 14, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 14 at 3:18 PM

Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
Email: bhandwerger@wwltv.com | Twitter: @wwltvsports

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday morning to discuss the league’s penalties in regard to the bounty investigation.

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the meeting on ESPN.com.

Team spokesman Greg Bensel called the meeting productive.

"Today, Mr. Benson visited with Commissioner Goodell in New York," Bensel said. "It was a very productive meeting and he looks forward to having many more discussions with the commissioner on specific Saints related issues as well as league-wide issues."

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello would not confirm the meeting or what it was about, saying the league doesn’t comment on the commissioner’s meetings. Aiello added that Goodell meets with owners all the time to discuss “a wide range of issues.”

The Saints were fined and docked two second-round picks in the NFL for what the league described as a three-year bounty system that paid players to injure others.

Additionally, head coach Sean Payton and linebacker Jonathan Vilma were suspended the entire 2012 season while defensive end Will Smith was given a four-game suspension. General Manager Mickey Loomis was suspended eight games and assistant head coach/linebackers coach Joe Vitt was given a six-game suspension.

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