It’s the buzz word around the NFL these days, and now a former Eagle, Viking and Dolphin has come out and is saying that he put “bounties” on opposing players.
Cris Carter, now on ESPN says he put the “bounties” on opposing players as a form of protection during his 16-year NFL career.
Carter said Tuesday night on “Hill and Schlereth” on ESPN Radio that he would offer money to teammates to take out players he thought were trying to take him out.
“I’m guilty of (bounties) — I mean, first time I’ve ever admitted it — but I put a bounty on guys before,” Carter told show hosts Mike Hill and Mark Schlereth. “I put bounties on guys. If a guy tries to take me out, a guy takes a cheap shot on me? I put a bounty on him right now!”
When asked whether the bounties carried financial incentive, Carter said: “Absolutely.”
Carter clarified his comments Wednesday morning in an appearance on ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” emphasizing that there was no intent to injure an opponent — as the NFL alleges was the case in the Saints’ “pay for pain” system. Carter acknowledged that using the term “bounty” may have been a poor choice of words on his part.
“The difference is people going out of their way to hurt a player,” Carter said Wednesday, “hitting a spot that we as players know is off limits, like his knees. You’re not telling them to go out and get someone, you’re telling them to protect you, run down the field to protect their skill guys.”
“I’d tell one of them guards, ‘Hey man, this dude is after me, man,'” Carter said.
“Bill Romanowski — he told me he was going to take me out before the game, warm-ups. No problem. (He said,) ‘I’m gonna end your career, Carter.’ No problem. “I put a little change on his head before the game. Protect myself. Protect my family. That’s the league that I grew up in,” Carter said.
“Listen, on the football field, you only got certain protection, and your teammates are part of that protection. It’s built in, and if I’m playing a certain position where I can’t protect myself — how can the quarterback protect himself? But for his teammates to stand up and do something, there are certain positions you can’t protect yourself.
“The center? How can he protect himself? He’s snapping the ball every time. Like if someone is taking a cheap shot on him? No problem. We’ve got a way to work that out.”
“But you have to realize the league we grew up in, the bounty was based on protection, or a big hit, excitement, or for helping your team win. It wasn’t to maim or hurt the dude,” said Carter.