The NFL has suspended four players for their participation in the New Orleans Saints pay-for-performance bounty scandal -- among them linebacker Jonathan Vilma, for the entire 2012 season.
Vilma received the harshest of sanctions, with defensive linemen Anthony Hargrove suspended for eight games without pay, defensive end Will Smith four games, and linebacker Scott Fujita three.
Hargrove now plays for Green Bay, and Fujita for Cleveland.
It was Vilma who offered $10,000 to any Saints teammate who knocked Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre out of the 2009 NFC championship game. Favre wound up finishing the game, which the Saints won in overtime.
Vilma was captain of the defense at the time and, according to the NFL, assisted defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in establishing and funding the bounty program. The league said Vilma offered the same amount to any teammate who could knock Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner out of the 2009 divisional playoff game.