When Curtis Lofton hit free agency, the Saints issues were well-known. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had already announced the investigation into the bounty system, and Drew Brees was still unsigned. The possibility of trouble loomed.
Yet Lofton, the prize middle linebacker of the free agent class, came to New Orleans anyway. But before he did, Lofton did his homework.
“I mean, I asked about the bounties,” Lofton told me in the locker room yesterday, “what was going on with that, what players they thought were going to be suspended, what they thought the suspensions were, what they were going do with me and (Jonathan) Vilma — I asked all those questions. They were very up front and truthful with me, and I feel very comfortable with my decision.”