The New Orleans Saints aren't the only team that has been investigated by the NFL for running a "bounty" program.
The league also probed the Green Bay Packers in 2007 for a similar program, although the infractions were on a much smaller scale.
The Times-Picayune of New Orleans reported that Green Bay players offered to pay the team's defensive linemen $500 each for limiting Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to under 100 yards.
Similar cash incentives also were on the table if the Packers were able to hold the Carolina Panthers under 60 yards rushing as a team.
The league opted not to dole out punishment after Green Bay management agreed to discontinue such practices.
In the case of the Saints' bounty program, incentives were offered to intentionally injure opposing players. A $1,500 bounty was offered for a "knockout" hit and $1,000 was the reward for a "cart-off" the field hit.