Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is off to New York to explain the "bounty" system that took place under his watch when he held the same position in New Orleans. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that, according to unnamed sources, Williams will meet with NFL vice president and chief of security Jeff Miller and director of investigative services Joe Hummel on Monday to dicuss what occurred during Williams' tenure with the Saints from 2009-11. A source said that NFL executive VP and general counsel Jeff Pash also could be involved in the discussions. It is unclear whether Williams will meet with league commissioner Roger Goodell while he is in the Big Apple, although a source did indicate that such a meeting was possible.
This all follows the NFL's announcement on Friday that Williams and several Saints players used an illegal bounty system, which rewarded defensive players for big plays, including knocking opposing players out of the game. Multiple former Redskins later told The Washington Post that Williams utilized a similar bounty system during his time in Washington. Former Bills S Coy Wire has reported a similar system existing during Williams' tenure in Buffalo.
The NFL investigation revealed that QBs Brett Farve and Kurt Warner were among the players targeted, and also revealed that the pool reached levels as high as $50,000. "Knockouts" were worth $1,500 and "cart-offs" were worth $1,000, with payments doubled or tripled during the playoffs, according to The Associated Press.
Williams has apologized for his actions in New Orleans. Meanwhile, the league announced that it would look into claims that the Redskins ran a bounty program, and league spokesman Greg Aiello said that while the league had no comment on what happened in other cities, the NFL will look into "any relevant info regarding rules being broken." He added that the NFL will be "addressing the issues raised as part of our responsibility to protect player safety and the integrity of the game."
The Rams hired Williams as their defensive coordinator in mid-January, shortly after bringing in his good friend Jeff Fisher as their head coach.