After the NFL responded to the players association's call for more information on the "bounty" program investigation with an invite to talk about it, the NFLPA will reportedly accept the offer.
The union will meet with NFL officials in New York to discuss the findings of the league's investigation of the New Orleans Saints, according to SI.com. But a source told the website the union is still not sold on recommending discipline for the players allegedly involved in the program, which allegedly provided financial incentives for players who injured opposing players.
It will be a busy week for the NFL, which will also reportedly meet with Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis as they appeal their suspensions.
The league's investigation said 22 to 27 players participated in the program, but players have not yet been suspended. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said he wants to receive input from NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith on the discipline.
Smith had complained Friday about the union not receiving enough information, in an interview with ProPlayerInsiders.com, a website reportedly connected to the NFLPA.
The league responded with the offer to meet, according to SI.com, which also reported Goodell had been open to a meeting when the NFL first made the investigation's discoveries public on March 2.
The union declined then because it wanted to begin its own query, according to the report, but has had trouble getting coaches and executives like Payton and Loomis to respond.
Appeals set for Tuesday
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis will reportedly have their appeals held Tuesday in the NFL's New York office, and the ruling should come quickly.
Both men will be in New York for the appeal of their suspensions stemming from the Saints' "bounty" program, a source told ESPN.
The men made the appeals Friday, before Payton's year-long suspension would have gone into effect Sunday. Loomis' eight-game suspension would begin at the start of the regular season.
The NFL will remain true to commissioner Roger Goodell's word to make the process a quick one, according to ESPN.
The outlet reported there would be a result in days and quoted a source as saying, "a very few days at that."
There will be more appeals coming, according to the report, as Saints spokesman Greg Bensel has said the team will appeal its $500,000 fine as well as its loss of second-round draft picks in the next two years.
Linebackers coach Joe Vitt, a candidate to replace Payton for the season if the head coach's suspension is not lifted, will also appeal his six-game suspension, his attorney David Cornwell said, according to ESPN.
If Payton's appeal is not successful, the Saints will consider several in-house options, but also have the possible choice of Payton's mentor Bill Parcells.
Parcells has said he would consider coming out of retirement to take over for his old friend, though that would set back his time period for eligibility for the Hall of Fame.
Parcells was denied entry this year and would have to wait another five years from his new retirement date if he took over the Saints.
NFLPA, NFL to talk about investigation
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