Tom Benson, Sean Payton meeting with officials in New York

While there is no specific timetable for the release of punishments related to the bounty program run the last three seasons by the New Orleans Saints, the process continues.

Steve Wyche of NFL.com reports that Saints owner Tom Benson and coach Sean Payton are in New York today meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL security officials. They were also there over the weekend meaning the head coach was drawn away from preparations for free agency and the draft.

Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis released a joint statement last week in which they took a level of responsibility for not stopping a bounty system administered by former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

Wyche says it’s not known if the visit was for the league to determine more facts or if the Saints were being told what punishments are coming. Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Williams’ fate is expected to be known before the end of the week.

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