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Sean Payton Suspended for 2012 Season, Tim Tebow Traded To Jets

2:04 PM, Mar 21, 2012   |    comments
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  • New York-- The NFL has suspended New Orleans head coach Sean Payton for the 2012 season, and former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is banned from the league indefinitely because of the team's bounty program that targeted opposing players.

    Commissioner Roger Goodell will review Williams' status after the upcoming season and consider whether he can return to the league.

    Also Wednesday, Goodell suspended Saints general manager Mickey Loomis for the first eight regular-season games of 2012, and assistant coach Joe Vitt has to sit out the first six games.

    In addition, the Saints are being fined $500,000 and forfeit second-round draft picks this year and in 2013.

    In other NFL News: Tim Tebow has been traded to the Jets.
    The team said Wednesday it has acquired the polarizing quarterback from the Broncos. Denver general manager Brian Xanders says the Broncos will receive fourth- and sixth-round draft picks, while New York gets a seventh-rounder -- all in 2012. 

    Denver started shopping Tebow after signing Peyton Manning.
    Tebow is expected to complement starter Mark Sanchez, who received a $40.5 million contract extension, with $20.5 million guaranteed, earlier this month. The Jets also had pursued Manning.

    Tebow led the Broncos to the playoffs last season -- along the way beating Sanchez and the Jets, who missed the postseason. But Denver executive John Elway believed Manning gave the team a better chance at winning a championship now.

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