The Saints will live another day it appears without knowing exactly what will happen to the players in regard to their involvement in the pay-for-performance program the NFL uncovered during a three-year investigation.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted shortly before 1 p.m. that the NFL doesn’t plan on announcing the penalties today, though there remains the possibility that they could be issued this week sometime.
The NFL first announced its finding of the three-year investigation on March 2. Nearly three weeks later, the league handed down severe penalties to the coaches involved.
Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was suspended indefinitely while New Orleans head coach Sean Payton is out for a year and can be re-integrated into the league after the Super Bowl.
Saints general manager Mickey Loomis is out eight games while linebackers coach Joe Vitt will miss six games.
But the penalties for the players still seem to be elusive. The NFLPA continues to question the evidence while the league still says it has plenty to go on.
Only linebacker Jonathan Vilma has been named publicly for involvement. The NFL’s report said that Vilma put up a $10,000 reward prior to the 2010 NFC championship game for taking out Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre.
The NFL’s investigation unearthed an internal system in which players were paid for specific plays, including $1,000 for cart-offs and $1,500 for knockouts. Williams personally put money into the kitty, which grew to as much as $50,000 in 2009.