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NFL reinstates 'bountygate' coach Gregg Williams; Titans hire him

February 07, 2013|By Houston Mitchell
  • Gregg Williams with the Saints in 2010. After a year on suspension from the NFL, he'll be part of the Tennessee Titans' staff next season.
Gregg Williams with the Saints in 2010. After a year on suspension from the… (Gerald Herbert / Associated…)

The NFL has reinstated former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams after suspending him for his role in the New Orleans' bounty scandal, and the Tennessee Titans have added him to their coaching staff as senior assistant coach.

"Commissioner Roger Goodell today notified Gregg Williams and the Tennessee Titans that Williams' contract with the Titans has been approved and that he has been reinstated," the league said in a statement.

"The commissioner cited several reasons for the reinstatement, including Williams' forthcoming acknowledgment of and acceptance of responsibility for his role in the bounty program at the Saints, his commitment to never again be involved in a pay-for-performance or bounty system, and his pledge to teach safe play and respect for the rules at all levels of the game. The commissioner emphasized that Williams must fully conform to league rules and will be subject to periodic monitoring to confirm his compliance."

Williams, suspended indefinitely in March, is the last person involved in the "bountygate" scandal to be reinstated by league. New Orleans coach Sean Payton's  suspension was lifted on Jan. 22.

Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis was suspended for eight games and assistant head coach Joe Vitt for six. Four current or former Saints players were also suspended after an investigation found the club had a performance pool offering cash rewards for big hits. The player suspensions eventually were overturned.

“I have known Gregg for over two decades and have seen him work his way up from a quality control coach to a head coach,” Titans Coach Mike Munchak said in a statement. “He will bring a great deal of defensive knowledge and energy to our staff. The decision to bring him here only came after going through a thoughtful and thorough process.”

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