Roger and I go way back every since I signed up at NFL.com. I get these letters delivered right to my email. Today's letter deals with Bounties and how the NFL is going to do a better job enforcing the rules. I don't have a problem necessary with anything in the letter, but I wanted to share some of my thoughts. Here is a paragraph from the letter:
The bounty prohibition forbids offering or accepting any reward - cash or otherwise - for on-field misconduct, plays that incentivize or result in injury to opposing players, or for performance against an opposing player, group of players, or team. The bounty prohibition not only preserves the competitive integrity of our game, but also protects player safety by removing incentives that could lead to dangerous play or unnecessary and/or intentional injury. As a league, we will ensure that the prohibition against bounties is clearly understood and consistently enforced. Period.
I agree you shouldn't get payment for on-field misconduct, plays that incentivize or results in injury to opposing players. The one thing I find interesting is receiving a reward for performance against an opposing player, group of players, or team. Maybe I'm making something out of nothing, but don't quarterbacks usually take out and buy gifts for there line men if they peform well. Some of the gifts can be pretty expensive, so does this fall under a bounty program. In otherwords, should the NFL not allow quaterbacks to buy gifts or dinners base on the performance of his line? Here is the link to the full letter if anyone is interested: http://view.ed4.net/v/8ZKLHB8/UCCT/YGPANGO/KUI7FZ/MAILACTION=1&FORMAT=H