The last suspended person from the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal has been reinstated.
Gregg Williams, who was the defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints from 2009-11, had his suspension lifted by the league Thursday and was promptly hired by the Tennessee Titans as senior defensive assistant, according to the Nashville Tennessean.
The NFL released the following statement about Williams’ reistatement:
”Commissioner Roger Goodell today notified Gregg Williams and the Tennessee Titans that Williams’ contract with the Titans has been approved and that he has been reinstated. The commissioner cited several reasons for the reinstatement, including Williams’ forthcoming acknowledgement of and acceptance of responsibility for his role in the bounty program at the Saints, his commitment to never again be involved in a pay-for-performance or bounty system, and his pledge to teach safe play and respect for the rules at all levels of the game. The commissioner emphasized that Williams must fully conform to league rules and will be subject to periodic monitoring to confirm his compliance.”
Williams returns to the team in which he gained fame as the Titans’ defensive coordinator from 1997-2000. The Titans’ run to Super Bowl during the 1999 season propelled him to the head coaching job with the Buffalo Bills in 2001.
However, Williams’ legacy will always include his involvement in the Saints’ bounty scandal in which he admitted to fostering a program that paid New Orleans players for the severity of hits on opposing offensive players. For that, he received an indefinite suspension by the NFL that was lifted Thursday.
– Bill Bradley, contributing editor