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Saints won’t get this year’s second-rounder back

Super Bowl Goodell Bashing Football

A photo of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is seen on a dartboard inside the Parkview Tavern in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. New Orleans is celebrating the return of New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton after a season’s NFL banishment as a result of the Bountygate scandal. But the good feeling does not extend to Goodell, who suspended Payton and other key players and coaches last year in the alleged pay-for-pain scheme. He is being ridiculed here with a vehemence usually reserved for the city’s multitude of scandal-scarred politicians.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


The Saints got coach Sean Payton back a bit earlier than expected, but they won’t be getting their second-round pick back.

Goodell mentioned that during an online chat on, via the New Orleans Times Picayune.

Asked if there was any chance of the team getting back the pick, Goodell replied: “No, the penalty will continue to include the 2nd round draft choice in 2013.”

That’s the first definite word on the pick, after some speculation it might be returned. The Saints also lost last year’s second-rounder, among other penalties.

The Saints could have certainly used the draft-pick ammunition, as they try to fix the league’s all-time worst defense (in terms of yards allowed) by shifting to a 3-4.