While the New Orleans Saints were severely punished for violating the NFL’s Bounty Rule this week, with head coach Sean Payton receiving a one year suspension and former defensive coordinator (now Rams DC) Gregg Williams receiving an indefinite suspension, they were not the only team that was investigated.
The Packers were investigated for violations in 2007. At the time, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said, “The club has handled the matter with the players, and the incentive pool has been discontinued.”
There was no evidence that the Packers system focused on injuring players, but set bonuses for goals such as keeping running back Adrian Peterson under 100 yards. The Packers responded appropriately and the problem went away, whereas the Saints ignored warning from the league for three years while continuing the system that they had in place.