Another former Redskin has said that the team had a system of rewarding players who made hits that put opposing players out of the game under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
Cornerback Carlos Rogers, who played for the Redskins from 2005-2010, said that a pool of money that came from fines from being late to meetings and other such minor transgressions was used to pay players for big hits. “If you knock this person out, let’s say a receiver, he comes across the middle,” Roger said, speaking to KNBR radio. “Safety knocks him out, a legal hit, you get this amount of money.”
Rogers said that “bounty” overstates what the Redskins did and that the potential cash rewards didn’t really motivate them to play any differently. “Once the ball is snapped you’re not thinking about it,” he said.
There are concerns that the Redskins could get punished for having a bounty system in the same way that the Saints did. Those fears do not appear to be very well founded as the harsh punishments that Roger Goodell dished out to the Saints were as much for covering up what was going on and not stopping the bounty program when they were told to as it was for the actual program.
If the Redskins are cooperative with any investigation the NFL does into Williams’ time here, there is no reason to think that they will be the recipients of anything more than a reprimand.