Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita was in New York on Friday to meet with NFL officials about his alleged role in the New Orleans Saints bounty program.
According to NFL.com, Fujita was the last of the four suspended players to meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell, former federal prosecutor Mary Jo White and other league officials. The group previously met with Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith and Anthony Hargrove as part of the process before issuing a ruling on their bounty-related suspensions.
Fujita reportedly told Goodell that the Saints never ran a bounty program, but admitted there was a pay-for-performance system in place while he was a member of the team.
The meetings with the four players were part of the pre-discipline phase that was part of the collective bargaining agreement process. An appeals panel put the suspensions (a full season for Vilma, eight games for Hargrove, four games for Smith and three games for Fujita) on hold and asked Goodell to differentiate between a pay-to-injure program and a pay-for-performance program.
Now that all the meetings have taken place, Goodell can issue his ruling at any time, but reportedly will take his time and study the case further before making a decision.
Fujita traveled to New York for the meeting following the Browns game on Thursday night against Baltimore. In that game, a 23-16 loss by the Browns, Fujita had four tackles and one of the Browns four sacks.
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