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Barrett Green’s case against alleged Washington bounty system continues

Ultimately, the Saints bounty scandal was a Gregg Williams bounty scandal. Even though the NFL opted not to venture down the rabbit hole by looking at the former New Orleans defensive coordinator’s habits with prior teams but to plug the thing with cement and make an example out of the Saints, a former NFL player who contends he was injured by a Gregg Williams-imposed bounty program with a different franchise decided to force the issue.

Former Giants linebacker Barrett Green sued in 2013 Washington and former tight end Robert Royal for a deliberate injury when Williams worked for the team. Last July, a judge in Maryland declined to dismiss the case, explaining that a “block intentionally designed to cause physical injury” does not fall within the confines of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

While it’s unclear what has happened in the litigation since then, Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal reports that the case on Thursday is in settlement talks, via order of the federal court presiding over the case.

The process, known as mediation, has become commonplace in state and federal courts throughout the nation. While the parties aren’t required to settle their disputes, they’re required to submit to the process in good faith, making an effort to try to work out the situation without further litigation.

Green claimed in his lawsuit that Royal played defense at times in Washington, bringing him under the umbrella of the bounty program allegedly maintained by Williams while employed there.

Absent a settlement, the lawsuit will continue, ending with either a dismissal or a trial.