NFL looking into report of Packers players' 'bounty' offers

  • Article by: CHRIS JENKINS , AP Sports Writer
  • Updated: November 19, 2007 - 12:52 PM

NFL officials are investigating whether Green Bay Packers players offered payments to teammates for achieving specific defensive goals.

GREEN BAY, Wis. — NFL officials are investigating whether Green Bay Packers players offered payments to teammates for achieving specific defensive goals.

League rules prohibit teams and players "from offering or accepting bonuses to a player for his or his team's performance against a particular team, a particular opposing player or players, or a particular group of an opposing team.''

League spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed the investigation Monday.

ESPN reported that Packers defensive backs offered to pay the team's defensive linemen $500 each if there were able to hold Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson under 100 yards rushing two weeks ago, and another $500 for holding Carolina to under 60 yards rushing as a team on Sunday.

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