The NFL is poised to drop the hammer on the
A NFL investigation found that the Saints targeted players such as quarterbacks
The scandal has sparked discussion in traditional and social media by current and former NFL players, with opinions ranging across the spectrum.
"I don't know exactly what [the Saints] were doing," said Johnson, who was still learning about the allegations. "In my opinion, in my experience in the NFL, the things you hear about bounties get blown out of proportion. They think people will come out and say, 'I got X amount of dollars because I hit this guy.' … It's just not reality. The reality is that when the game starts, what your game check is, [if] there is a bounty, it doesn't matter."
Johnson said it didn't make sense that the bounty amounts the Saints used, which were relative peanuts compared to the salaries of NFL players, would be enough to entice a player to hurt an opponent -- and put their own health at risk to deliver a dangerous hit.
"In my mind, if I'm out there thinking about an extra thousand I could get for hitting somebody, I'm probably not playing very well," Johnson, who turns 31 in August, added.
Johnson was asked if he got extra money for the hard hit he laid on
"I'm sure there were a lot of people that wanted to pay me for it, but no, I didn't get paid," he told WBAL.
During the 2008 season, the NFL looked into comments made by Ravens outside linebacker
"No place in NFL for bounties," he Tweeted. "Physical play is an attribute but malicious intent should be removed"
"Call it a bounty call it a bonus as long as you play within the confines of the game anything goes!!!" Ayanbadejo said in a couple of Tweets. "Like i said call it what you want, play by the rules, make big plays, make big hits, WIN!!! And celebrate"
In another Tweet, Ayabadejo said players typically don't try to injury their opponents.
"That's very rare," he Tweeted.
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