Let me start with this, do I believe that a fair amount of teams have done what the Saints have done, I would say hell ya. The problem is just like the Patriots, they unfortunately were the one that got caught and now must pay for it. I believe the punishment will be harsh due to the Goodell's push for player safety and the enormous lawsuits that have been filed against the NFL the last couple of years. I find the players voice for their safety during the strike now shallow and disheartening. I decided to go back and look over the new collective bargaining agreement and post it here for everyone to see, kind of funny yet somewhat sad. I understand they get paid for a physical game, just don't cry wolf that safety is your number one goal.
PLAYER HEALTH AND SAFETY:
Immediate implementation of changes to promote player health and safety by:
Reducing the off-season program by five weeks, reducing OTAs from 14 to 10;
Limiting on-field practice time and contact;
Limiting full-contact practices in the preseason and regular season;
Increasing number of days off for players.
Opportunity for current players to remain in the player medical plan for life.
An enhanced injury protection benefit of up to $1 million of a player’s salary for the contract year after his injury and up to $500,000 in the second year after his injury.
No change to the 16-4 season format until at least 2013; any subsequent increase in the number of regular-season games must be made by agreement with the NFL Players Association.
$50 million per year joint fund for medical research, healthcare programs, and NFL Charities, including NFLPA-related charities.