Before someone exhumes the corpse of Vince Lombardi and asks whether he offered incentives for big plays during his 10 minutes in Washington, I’ll promise to stop radio transcriptions of ancient history very soon.
But since George Starke said this week that Joe Gibbs would pay Dexter Manley for hitting the opposing quarterback, we might as well hear from Dexter himself.
“Easy, easy, absolutely,” Manley told Mike Wise on 106.7 The Fan Tuesday. “That is 100 percent truth.”
But Manley described these payments as incentives for big plays, and said explicitly that he never was offered money for causing injury.
“It’s not to take out another player; it’s to make big plays,” Manley said. “You know, forced turnovers, you don’t get so many yards per carry, we hold them under a certain limit, it’s all those kind of incentives, sure....I just don’t believe Joe Gibbs would sort of tolerate that sort of [thing], taking out players.”
Manley said he would also get free dinners from Bobby Beathard for good games or big plays, but that he doesn’t “believe in bounty programs,” although he said they existed during his time. He said one of his most famous hits, on Danny White, didn’t bring a particular cash reward.
“I didn’t want no money,” Manley said. “I knew he was a sissy and a crying guy. I didn’t want no money from Joe Gibbs. I wanted to just knock Danny White out anyway. He was whining, yeah, I heard him peeing on himself before I got to him. Listen, hey, they were like that. It sounded like maybe a big lion was crying scared, and he was taking a leak on the football field.
“I never tried to hurt nobody. No, No, no, but they tried to hurt me. See, I remember back in 1985, offensive linemen was chop blocking. They weren’t only chop blocking me, they were chop blocking people like Bruce Smith, they did it to Reggie White. That was common. They were always doing that to defensive linemen. And Bill Walsh started practicing that stuff....
“I don’t think it was a bounty system; I just think the people in the community sort of wanted to give all those extra incentives. And I think anything that went on with the Redskins, Jack Kent Cooke knew about it. If you went to the bathroom, stayed too long, he knew. Somebody was telling him you was in the bathroom too long.”
Since we’re obviously now a million miles from Gregg Williams and any kill-shot based monetary system in New Orleans, I might as well include Manley’s recollection when asked if he ever collected a bounty in D.C.
“They didn’t have to offer me no incentive; you’re making already good money to go out here,” Dexter said. “Cash under the table? Jack Kent Cooke tried that stuff to me. he wanted me to take a contract, I wouldn’t accept it. So he came to Carlisle, had $100,000 in a briefcase, and said if I sign the contract I could take this money.
“I said I don’t want that money. He said well get the hell out of my office. I said ok, bye. He said I’m gonna trade you to the New Orleans Saints. This was back in 1983, I’ll never forget. I said tell you what, trade me to the Dallas Cowboys. He said get the hell out of here, they don’t want a renegade like you.”