The NFL has finally made public their ruling on the punishment handed down to the New Orleans Saints players they believed responsible for promoting and maintaining the 'Bounty' system that only a month ago saw their Head Coach suspended for a full year. Jonathan Vilma, the Saints starting linebacker and defensive team captain, has been suspended for a full year, while fellow players Scott Fujita (now with the Browns), Anthony Hargrove (now with the Packers) and Will Smith have received suspensions of three, eight and four games respectively. In the lead-up to the draft Goodell had made it abundantly clear in public appearances that he believed that the players were deserving of any punishment the NFL chose to implement. However, until the nature of the evidence comes to light it will be hard to assess the validity of such hard penalties. The NFLPA has already called the lack of specific evidence supplied by the NFL to attention in their own public statement. What is clear is that the Saints organisation was very much aware that they might lose key defensive players when the NFL made their ruling, picking up depth on defense via free agency and the draft. The NFLPA has declared that they plan to assist the four men in their appeals against the ruling.