Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was one of the players targeted by the New Orleans Saints in their illegal bounty system. In announcing harsh penalties against the Saints, including the one-year suspension of coach Sean Payton, the NFL revealed details of its investigation. Among other revelations were that “the investigation showed bounties being placed on four quarterbacks of opposing teams — Brett Favre, Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers and Kurt Warner.” “Multiple sources have confirmed that several players pledged funds towards bounties on specific opposing players, with defensive captain Jonathan Vilma offering $10,000 to any player who knocked Brett Favre out of the NFC championship game in 2010,” the NFL report stated. In Rodgers’ case, the bounty would have been placed on him before the 2011 regular-season opener, a game the Packers won 42-34. Rodgers was hit five times in that game and was sacked twice. “Prior to the Saints’ opening game in 2011, coach Payton received an email from a close associate that stated in part, ‘PS Greg Williams put me down for $5000 on Rogers (sic),’” the NFL report said. “When shown the email during the course of the investigation, coach Payton stated that it referred to a ‘bounty’ on Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.”
Bounty on Rodgers was $5k
Nov. 6, 2013
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