Former Vikings OL says team had Saints-like bounty program

Former Vikings OL says team had Saints-like bounty program

Whether it’s true or not, this is sure to stir up some rehashed Bountygate controversy.

Former Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Artis Hicks told author Jeff Pearlman, who’s releasing a new Brett Favre biography, that the team had a bounty program much like the Saints, who were punished heavily for it.

What makes this early interesting is that it was Brad Childress, then head coach of the Vikings for all of Hicks’ 4 years there, testified in 2012 that New Orleans had a bounty on Favre for the NFL Championship game.

Part of an excerpt from the book, via Deadspin:

“It was part of the culture… I had coaches start a pot and all the veterans put in an extra $100, $200, and if you hurt someone special, you get the money. There was a bottom line, and I think we all bought in: you’re there to win, and if taking out the other team’s best player helps you win, hey, it’s nothing personal. Just business.”