Browns linebacker Scott Fujita has not played for the New Orleans Saints for over two seasons now, yet his name has come up in an investigation by the league into the Saints’ bounty program.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on Monday that Fujita faces potential disciplinary action from the league. Mortensen Tweeted Monday that Fujita was, “Getting dragged into the bounty probe.”
The illegal bounty program came to light on Friday when the league disclosed its knowledge of a system, run by former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who now is defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams.
The league disclosed the Saints had a system in place between the 2009-2011 seasons where players were financially rewarded for big defensive plays.
Some were rewarded $1,500 for a “cart off”, and $1,000 for a knockout. Rewards increase in value in the playoffs.
Between 22 and 27 players contributed to a pool, according to a release from the NFL league offices, with the total reaching close to $50,000 during the 2009 playoffs, when the Saints won the Super Bowl. Fujita joined the Browns after that season as a free agent.
Though Fujita has become known as a strong voice for the safety of players due to his role on the NFL Players Associations executive committee, he has so far, not come forward with an response to the leagues investigation.
Browns safety Usama Young also played for the Saints, from 2007 through 2010.
Williams also had rewards in place for other teams that he coached, such as the Redskins and Titans, according to reports from the Washington Post.