Gregg Williams, the former defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins who is accused of administering improper bounty payments to Saints players to knock opponents out of games, met with NFL officials Monday, a person familiar with the case said.
Further details were not immediately available. The meeting between Williams and members of the league’s security department was scheduled to be held in New York, according to previous reports.
People throughout the league said earlier in the day they expected NFL officials to question Williams about reports that the Redskins and Buffalo Bills also had bounty programs when Williams coached those teams. Williams, now the defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams, is the former defensive coordinator of the Redskins and former head coach of the Bills. In a written statement Friday, he apologized for being part of an improper pay for performance scheme with the Saints.
Through a spokesman, the NFL declined to comment on Monday’s meeting. A Rams spokesman also declined to comment.
According to a person familiar with the Saints case, the NFL is considering severe, sweeping penalties that could include lengthy suspensions of Williams, Saints Coach Sean Payton, General Manager Mickey Loomis and players who were heavily involved in the scheme.
The NFL also will investigate accusations that the Redskins had a bounty program when Williams coached the team’s defense between the 2004 and 2007 seasons, a league official said over the weekend. But several people familiar with the case have said it is too soon to know if the Redskins or any other teams will be penalized if it is determined they had similar bounty programs.
Under those programs, players received cash payments for hits that injured targeted opponents or knocked them from games, as well as for interceptions, fumble recoveries and other big plays.
The league announced Friday that a lengthy investigation showed that the Saints had violated NFL rules that prohibit bounties. The league announced that possible penalties, to be determined by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, could include fines, suspensions and the loss of draft picks.
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