The National Football League will launch an investigation into allegations that the Washington Redskins had a bounty system in place while Gregg Williams was the team's defensive coordinator, according to a Washington Post report.
Earlier this week, a former Redskins coach and five defensive players told the Post that Williams, who was the team's defensive coordinator between 2004 and 2007, implemented a system that paid players cash for hits that knocked out opposing players. The players also were paid for other positive defense plays, including interceptions and fumble recoveries.
One of the players who spoke to the paper was former defensive end Phillip Daniels, who was recently hired as the team's Director of Player of Development. According to him, Williams' system rewarded "good, hard football." Other players, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told the Post that the system rewarded so-called "kill shots."
The NFL announced on Friday that it had determined that the New Orleans Saints had violated league rules, including the collective bargaining agreement, by implementing a similar system. Williams was the Saints' defensive coordinator from 2009 through this past season, after which he left to take a similar position with the St. Louis Rams.
In a statement released Friday, Williams said that his use of the bounty system was "a terrible mistake, and we knew it was wrong while we were doing it ... I should have stopped it. I take full responsibility for my role. I am truly sorry."