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Report: Bills players paid for 'knockout shots' in Williams' tenure

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There are allegations of yet another bounty program implemented by one of Gregg Williams' former teams. This time it's the Bills, whom Williams coached from 2001-03, according to a report by The Buffalo News published Saturday night. 

The News, citing four players who played under Wlliams, said that players were paid for performance. This included turnovers, The News reported, but it also included compensation for "knockout shots," two players said, according to the report.

Former Bills S Coy Wire, who played for Buffalo from 2002-07, described the alleged payment system this way to The News: "There were rewards. There never was a point where cash was handed out in front of the team. But surely, you were going to be rewarded. When somebody made a big hit that hurt an opponent, it was commended and encouraged."

Bills CEO Russ Brandon told The News that the club was "unaware of any type of 'bounty' program occurring during Gregg Williams' tenure as our head coach, and we would not have tolerated that type of behavior."

The NFL alleged Friday that Williams administered a bounty program as the Saints' defensive coordinator from 2009-11. The Washington Post reported Saturday that the NFL is investigating a similar claim about the Redskins' defense when it was coordinated by Williams from 2004-07. 

The Rams hired Williams as defensive coordinator in January.

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