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The NFL has reinstated former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who has joined the Titans’ staff as a senior assistant/defense.

“Commissioner Roger Goodell today notified Gregg Williams and the Tennessee Titans that Williams’ contract with the Titans has been approved and that he has been reinstated,” the league said in a statement. “The commissioner cited several reasons for the reinstatement, including Williams’ forthcoming acknowledgement of and acceptance of responsibility for his role in the bounty program at the Saints, his commitment to never again be involved in a pay-for-performance or bounty system, and his pledge to teach safe play and respect for the rules at all levels of the game.

“The commissioner emphasized that Williams must fully conform to league rules and will be subject to periodic monitoring to confirm his compliance.”

Williams began his NFL career in Tennessee and coached their from 1990-2000, including four years as a defensive coordinator. Williams was the Saints’ defensive coordinator from 2009-11, and was hired by the Rams last offseason before his year-long suspension for his participation in the Saints’ bounty program.

“I have known Gregg for over two decades and have seen him work his way up from a quality control coach to a head coach,” said Titans head coach Mike Munchak. “He will bring a great deal of defensive knowledge and energy to our staff. The decision to bring him here only came after going through a thoughtful and thorough process.”

Williams was the Bills’ head coach from 2001-03 and was a defensive coordinator for the Redskins and Jaguars as well in his coaching career. He will work with Titans’ current defensive coordinator Jerry Gray.

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