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Bounty suit against Washington settled

St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams watches during an NFL football organized team activity, Thursday, June 11, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)


The Saints never were sued for former defensive coordinator Gregg William’s cartoonish bounty system, which gave players relatively small (in comparison to their paychecks) cash prizes in return for hits that knocked opposing players out of games.

Washington was, from an incident occurring when Williams served as the defensive coordinator. The lawsuit came from former NFL linebacker Barrett Green, who claimed that former Washington tight end Robert Royal deliberately inflicted a knee injury as part of Williams’ bounty system.

According to Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal, the lawsuit has been settled, pursuant to undisclosed terms.

That’s a common tactic for settling litigation. The plaintiff receives a sum of money from the defendant. In return, the plaintiff says nothing about the amount received.

Meanwhile, people will speculate about the amount of the settlement. (Back when I practiced law, the go-to dollar figure when folks were speculating about lawsuit settlements was $250,000.)

No other lawsuit has been filed against Williams or any of his teams, and the statute of limitations has likely passed in all American jurisdictions, given that the world became aware of the bounty scandal in 2012.

The NFL never investigated whether Williams ran similar programs with other teams, even though multiple players who played with Williams elsewhere said he did. Instead, the league office plugged the rabbit hole with cement and made an example out of the Saints.