Decision on ‘bounty’ penalties expected by end of week

League officials will spend Tuesday and Wednesday in discussion to determine the appropriate penalties for the New Orleans Saints in connection with the “pay for performance” system, according to league sources.

A decision is expected by the end of the week. Hefty suspensions, fines and loss of one or more draft picks are all under consideration, and serious consequences are expected.

NFL.com reporter Steve Wyche reported earlier that Saints owner Tom Benson and head coach Sean Payton met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and league security in New York on Monday regarding the ongoing investigation, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. 

The NFL’s investigation continues to be categorized as “ongoing,” however it is unclear whether or not these discussions entail more fact finding or if Benson and Payton are being briefed about the expected forthcoming sanctions that could include fines, the loss of draft picks and suspensions.

What remains to be seen is whether or not any suspensions handed to Payton and “bounty” system initiator Gregg Williams for a period of games will include the offseason, or will they be served only in the season during the actual time those games are played, but would allow them to take part in OTAs, training camp, etc.

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