Williams reportedly had bounties as Bills coach
By Sports Network
|Gregg Williams reportedly had an injury bounty program in place while head coach of the Bills. (SEAN GARDNER/Reuters file photo)
BUFFALO - Gregg Williams had a similar bounty system in place when he was head coach of the Buffalo Bills, promoting cash bonuses for hits that seriously injured opposing players, according to a report.
Four players, including one who went on the record, safety Coy Wire, told the Buffalo News that a bounty system existed while Williams was head coach of the Bills from 2001-03.
Wire, who played for Buffalo from 2002-07, told the paper there was "financial compensation" for hits. Two of the players who spoke on condition of anonymity said cash bonuses were paid for "knockout shots" that forced opposing players out of games.
Williams has apologized for his involvement in a bounty program while he was defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints.
The NFL released a report Friday that said between 22 and 27 Saints defensive players were involved in an illegal program that rewarded players for injuring opponents.
Williams, recently hired as defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams, held the same position with Saints for the past three seasons.
The Buffalo News report, posted on the paper's website Saturday night, came on the heels of a similar story in the Washington Post on Friday. In it, the Post reported that Williams, as defensive coordinator of the Redskins, had a bounty system in the mid-2000s that rewarded players with thousands of dollars.