Bills said to have had bounty system under Williams

Safety Coy Wire says environment of 'malicious intent' was in place. Terry McCormick

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Add the Buffalo Bills to the list of teams where a supposed "bounty" system was in place, according to the Buffalo News.

Gregg Williams, who admitted to running such a system for the New Orleans Saints, was the Bills head coach from 2001-03, and had such a system in Buffalo, according to former players.

Safety Coy Wire went on the record to say as much, and oher players said so on the condition of anonymity.

"That's real," Wire told the newspaper by phone. "That happened in Buffalo.

"There were rewards," Wire said. "There never was a point where cash was handed out in front of the team. But surely, you were going to be rewarded. When somebody made a big hit that hurt an opponent, it was commended and encouraged."

One anonymous player went on to say that the system is in place on lots of NFL teams.and goes on frequently.

It sounds as if a situation the NFL did not want to face is getting bigger and worse by the day.

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